Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Conference Announcement -- "Aggregate Litigation: Critical Perspectives" (Mar. 12)

The George Washington University Law School is hosting a conference, Aggregate Litigation: Critical Perspectives, that may be of interest to our readers. Description and details after the jump:

Aggregate litigation lies at the core of American exceptionalism in litigation and is at the center of controversies surrounding the U.S. civil-justice system. Private civil litigation is a critical component in enforcing law in the United States. But aggregation is problematic in that it can skew outcomes, create pressures on defendants to settle meritless claims, disproportionately concentrate legal power, and harm American competitiveness in the global marketplace. Aggregation raises serious questions about the institutional competence of courts to resolve what are often intractable social or political controversies.

This conference will ask and seek to answer important questions about aggregate litigation and will analyze its costs and benefits. Questions and topics include:

  • What is the optimal level of aggregation?

  • When is class action litigation appropriate?

  • What did the American Law Institute’s “Aggregation Project” final report get right, and what did it get wrong?

This event is free, but space is limited. Contact Frances Arias at farias@law.gwu.edu or 202.994.0781 to reserve a ticket.

The conference is at GW law school in Washington DC on Friday, March 12, 2010. For more information, including a list of all panels and panelists, see here.

(Hat Tip: Jay Tidmarsh) 



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