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244.61 sec. 001 - Multidistrict Litigation: The New Reality of Class Actions and Mass Torts (Fall 2020)

Instructor: Andrew Bradt  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
Instructor: Elizabeth J. Cabraser  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only

Due to COVID-19, this class is remote for Fall 2020.
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


Tu 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Internet/Online
On 2020-08-18

Tu 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Internet/Online
On 2020-09-01

Tu 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Internet/Online
On 2020-09-15

Tu 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Internet/Online
On 2020-09-29

Tu 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Internet/Online
On 2020-10-13

Tu 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Internet/Online
On 2020-10-27

Tu 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Internet/Online
On 2020-11-10

Course Start: August 18, 2020
Course End: November 20, 2020
Class Number: 32765

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 39
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 40
As of: 12/07 09:41 AM

This one-unit elective will focus on one of the most important developments in modern civil practice: the emergence of Multidistrict Litigation, or MDL, as the primary mechanism for mass-tort and class-action litigation in the United States. The MDL statute, passed in 1968, provides for consolidation of cases sharing a common question of fact before a single federal district judge for pretrial proceedings, such as motion practice, discovery, class certification, and often settlement negotiations and bellwether trials. Currently, the biggest and most important cases in the country are consolidated into MDLs, including the litigations involving the opioids crisis, Volkswagen Clean Diesel scandal, concussions in the National Football League, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, not to mention enormous cases involving defective products and drugs, antitrust violations, and consumer data breaches. All told, MDL now comprises over a third of the federal civil docket: over 130,000 cases are currently part of an MDL. In this class, we will examine how MDL was created and became so dominant and how it works in the real world. For students interested in becoming litigators, the court will be a in-depth introduction to the world of complex litigation, as it is practiced at the highest levels.

This course will meet every other Tuesdays on August 18, September 1, September 15, September 29, October 13, October 27, and November 10.

This is an advanced course in US Civil Procedure intended for students who have already completed the basic first-year JD course in procedure.

Due to the nature of this class, some or all of the sessions may not be recorded and posted except as required for accommodation of students with disabilities.

Real-time attendance at the first Zoom class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

JD students only.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Litigation and Procedure

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