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Fall 2024 Course

Complex Litigation: Legal Doctrines, Real World Practice

Prerequisites: Civil Procedure or faculty permission to waive the prerequisite is required.

Exam Type: Any Day Take-Home

This course will study legal doctrines, litigation strategies (viewed from both plaintiff and defendant perspectives) and current “best practices” relating to complex litigation. Topics will include forum selection strategies (state versus federal court); removal from and remand to state court (including substantive bases and procedural rules); transfer, coordination and consolidation of federal actions; multi-district litigation, including choice of law in transferred cases; management of parallel federal/state proceedings and protection of MDL proceedings (including the All Writs Act and the Anti-Injunction Act); and practical issues relating to managing both MDL and multi-case litigation, such as coordination orders, counsel structure, and bellwether trials.