Class Actions and Complex Litigation
The course will begin by exploring whether the class action device that allows civil claims to be resolved in the aggregate has proved to be effective for deterring illegal activity and compensating those who suffer from it. We will explore the origins of the modern class action device, the explosion in its use over the past several decades, focusing on civil rights, mass tort, and securities fraud cases, and then efforts to regulate class actions in response. We will examine leading Supreme Court decisions regarding class action rules. We will discuss how class actions are litigated, including issues regarding the role of lawyers, settlement, and evidence. Finally, we will discuss other forms of aggregation outside of the class action context and the policy issues that those alternatives raise.
*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.
**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.