The modern world is an increasingly interconnected world. One consequence of this interconnectedness is that wrongdoing has the potential to give rise to injury on a mass scale. A defectively designed consumer product has the capacity to injure millions of people. A fraudulent misstatement concerning the finances of a corporation has the potential to affect the price at which shares of that corporation trade, to the detriment of investors. A merger of two synergistically related companies can result in broad market repercussions, affecting the prices that consumers pay for goods and services. While much of law school focuses, quite understandably, on civil claims as isolated events that give rise to one-on-one litigation, this course is about the challenges posed for the civil justice system when claims arise not as isolated events but, instead, as part of a larger aggregate ' in particular, when wrongdoing on a mass scale gives rise to the potential for large numbers of civil claims that exhibit varying degrees of similarity.
The text for this course is Richard Nagareda, The Law of Class Actions and Other Aggregate Litigation (2009 ed.) and there will be a final exam.
This class was formerly known as Class Actions, and is not open to students who took it under the former title.
|43827||Myriam Gilles||Brookdale||Jan 16 to May 16, 2014||CSL, 407||W||4:00 PM to 5:50 PM|