Class Actions



SLN #: 26474
Course Prefix: LAW-691
Course Section: 022
Credit Hours: 2
Instructor(s): Carey

Course Description:
If certain requirements are satisfied, Federal Civil Procedure Rule 23 permits aggregate litigation in the form of a class action. This popular procedural device has been used in various substantive areas – e.g., antitrust, civil rights, consumer protection, employment, mass torts and securities – to resolve legal claims en masse. This course will focus on the procedural aspects of class action law, making the course content relevant to all types of class actions, without regard to the substantive nature of the claims. We will examine the requirements for class certification, the manner in which the class certification decision is made, the procedural protections required for class litigation, as well as various constitutional and other issues impacting the conclusive reach of litigated or settled class actions. The course is recommended for students with an interest in litigation and for those with an academic interest in this often hyped, and sometimes maligned, form of claim resolution.

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 2
Grading Option: Letter Grade Only
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Flexible Writing Requirement: No
Skills Requirement: No
Final Exam Given: Yes
Final Exam Type: In-Class
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies
Online Course Site: None