This course will study legal doctrines and current "best practices" relating to complex litigation. Topics will include federal class actions (including class certification, interlocutory appeals and settlements); transfer, coordination and consolidation of individual federal actions; multi-district litigation; removal from and remand to state court; and management of parallel federal/state and state/state proceedings. The course will also cover some of the practical issues relating to managing complex litigation, such as multi-case, multi-party deposition protocols. Many of the examples that will be discussed will come from securities cases, such as the recent Enron litigation, but knowledge of substantive securities law is not required. Basic civil procedure is a prerequisite.
Procedure & Practice