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The Practice of Aggregate Litigation

This course will cover practical aspects of multidistrict litigation (MDLs), class actions, and other aggregate litigation. A study of the legal principles and rules will be supplemented with practical discussions with experienced practitioners, exercises in drafting key documents, and simulations. Topics covered will include: attorney marketing for plaintiff and defense clients; strategy and drafting of motions for and against centralizing cases in MDLs; crafting case leadership structures; economics of aggregate litigation; large-scale e-discovery and related motion practice; case, constituent, and client management within aggregate litigations; selection of cases for bellwether trials; crafting settlements; and claims processing and liens. One goal of the class is to prepare students for real world issues that arise in aggregate litigation.