241.3 sec. 001 - Consumer Litigation: The Course of a Case (Fall 2022)
Instructor: Kristen Sagafi (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person
Tu 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
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From August 23, 2022
To November 22, 2022
Course End: November 22, 2022
Class Number: 31854
Enroll Limit: 23
As of: 02/17 06:39 AM
Have you ever wondered how plaintiffs’ attorneys decide which case to bring? Do you want to see how a lawsuit plays out, from start to finish?
This course examines the progression of a private consumer class action brought under Business and Professions Code 17200 and the California Consumers Legal Remedies Act. Each week, the course takes students through one step of the case’s development, including: investigation and client vetting; crafting the complaint; utilizing written discovery and depositions; finding and leveraging expert witnesses; preparing for class certification and summary judgment; navigating the settlement process, etc. The reading materials will include actual (redacted) documents from the case, with illustrative opinions from similar cases for depth and context. Guest lecturers will illuminate the difference between private consumer litigation and public actions brought by government agencies.
Requirements: Three writing assignments (one count of the complaint; one set of discovery requests; one partial summary judgment opposition).
Kristen Law Sagafi '02 represented plaintiffs in consumer fraud and defective products class actions for more than 15 years before shifting her practice from client service to strategic management. She began her career at Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein LLP and later launched the California office for Tycko & Zavareei LLP. She is currently the Litigation Director at Sher Edling LLP in San Francisco.
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