A problem for every legal system is how to deal with situations in which multiple parties possess the same or similar claims against the same defendant. In the United States, the problem is further complicated by the fact that many of these claims can be brought in either state or federal courts. In response, the United States has developed class action and multi-district litigation on a scale unknown to any other nation.
This seminar addresses the considerable challenges such litigation presents in everything from policy debates to practical conundrums. The seminar also considers possible alternatives to class actions, including some that have been tried in other counties.
Finally, it considers the substantial constitutional issues raised by class actions.
No course prerequisite is required for entry to this seminar. Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all registered students and for wait-listed students who wish to be considered for admission to the seminar.