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Spring 2022
LAW713  A  BEST PRACTICES IN FEDERAL PRETRIAL LITIGATION II: MULTIDISTRICT LITIGATION AND OTHER FORMS OF AGGREGATE LITIGATION

Course Description
Historically, litigation involved the adjudication of disputes between individual parties over discreet claims. See, Best Practices in Federal Pretrial Litigation I. In the modern world, it has become increasingly common for legal disputes to involve multiple parties, battling over multiple claims in separate forums. For example, in the federal courts, over 35% of all cases involve multidistrict litigation under the aegis of the Panel in Multidistrict Litigation and many more pending in the state courts. And, as the world is increasingly interconnected, this trend is likely to accelerate.

The purpose of the course is not only to acquaint students with the doctrinal underpinning of the law of multiple party litigation but also to expose them as well to the practical realities of the application of these general principles to day-to-day aggregate and complex litigation in the federal courts.

The course will involve readings from the basic text and cases, other materials available in electronic data bases, class discussion based on the readings and written exercises.

Short Course Attendance Policy:
Due to the small number of meetings, attendance to all meetings/classes for short courses is mandatory. Students who miss more than one class session (80 minute) of a 1-credit short course are subject to administrative withdrawal and will have a W for the course on their transcripts.


Course Schedule
Offering Dates: 01-31-2022 - 02-10-2022  

Dates Day Time Room
01-31-2022 - 02-03-2022   MTWR  12:30 PM-1:50 PM G363
02-07-2022 - 02-10-2022   MTWR  12:30 PM-1:50 PM G363

Course Frequency
Occasional course offering

Course Information

Credits: 1
Pass/Fail Option: No
Prerequisite:
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Class participation and written exercises.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course: None
Special Attributes:
New Course
Short Course
Course Delivery:
Residential
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Business & Taxation - Related
Environment & Natural Resources - Specialized
Government & Regulation - Related
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
Yes  
  • Textbook Name: The Law of Class Actions and Other Aggregate
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Richard A. Nagareda et all
    Publisher: University Casebook Series
    Edition: 3rd edition.
    ISBN: 978-1684671311
      
  
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Please read the syllabus

    Material:
    Find the following readings (not provided):

    A.K. Hellerstein, Managerial Judging: The 9/11 Respondents’ Tort Litigation, Vol. 98, Cornell Law Review. Issue 1, November (2012)

    E.C. Robreno, The Federal Asbestos Product Liability Multidistrict Litigation (MDL-875): Black Hole or New Paradigm, 23 Widener L.J. 97 (2013)

    Judicial Panel in Multi-District Litigation, Few Steps to Better Management: A Guide to Multi-District Litigation Transferee Judges, (2009).
      
  • Assignment: Please follow syllabus for readings

    Material:
    Please find the following readings not provided,

    A.K. Hellerstein, Managerial Judging: The 9/11 Respondents’ Tort Litigation, Vol. 98, Cornell Law Review. Issue 1, November (2012)

    E.C. Robreno, The Federal Asbestos Product Liability Multidistrict Litigation (MDL-875): Black Hole or New Paradigm, 23 Widener L.J. 97 (2013)

    Judicial Panel in Multi-District Litigation, Few Steps to Better Management: A Guide to Multi-District Litigation Transferee Judges, (2009).
      

    Best Practices Spring 2022 (003).docx

 
Professor(s)

ROBRENO, EDUARDO


Biography
Contact Information:
Email: jrobreno@paed.uscourts.gov
Phone: 215-597-4073