University of Pittsburgh

Complex Litigation

Catalog Number: 5274
3.0 Credits
Lecture
Priority: General Enrollment Course
Catalog Requirements: Professional Skills.

Complex Litigation picks up where first-year Civil Procedure leaves off, going beyond basic concepts and rules to explore the unique procedural challenges posed by complicated civil actions in diverse areas of law, including civil rights, employment, mass tort, securities fraud, and environmental and institutional reform. Our focus will be on complex cases brought by lawyers seeking to promote social change. This is a course in advanced civil procedure examining the procedural aspects of civil litigation that involve multiple claims and parties, as well as multi-jurisdictional disputes. Procedural emphasis will be on class actions and multi-district litigation. Additionally, we will examine joinder, aggregated claims, preclusion, discovery, administration, settlement, and alternatives to litigation in the context of multi-party and multi-forum lawsuits.

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