Adam Hoeflich : Courses and Seminars
Selected Problems in Complex Litigation
This seminar addresses legal and ethical requirements, as well as strategic and practical considerations, around handling multidistrict litigation, including mass tort and complex class actions. Using materials from recent and current cases, the class will discuss topics such as early case assessment, coordination of multijurisdictional litigation, use of dispositive motions, the importance of expert testimony and mechanisms for resolving scientific disputes, resolution options, media coverage of MDLs and bellwether selection methods and trial of bellwether cases. Discussions will involve the Vioxx, Baycol, diet drug, Teflon, and Firestone litigations, among others. Expectations: This class will be taught as a participatory seminar. Students will not be expected to have already taken a complex litigation course, but should be willing to seek out answers to legal questions as they arise. Students will be evaluated on the basis of course participation and a written paper. Students will need access to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Manual for Complex Litigation Fourth (http://www.fjc.gov/public/home.nsf/autoframe?openform&url_l=/public/home.nsf/inavg eneral?openpage&url_r=/public/home.nsf/pages/470), the website of the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (www.jpml.uscourts.gov), and reading materials that I will email to students each week. Students also will need access to Westlaw and/or Lexis.