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Agenda for 33rd Class. Name plates Joinder (continued) Introduction to Jurisdiction in complex litigation Class Actions Assignments for next classes – Jurisdiction in complex litigation Read very carefully 28 USC 1367 Read the handout on 1367 Skim 1332(d),1369

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Agenda for 33rd class

Agenda for 33rd Class

  • Name plates

  • Joinder (continued)

  • Introduction to Jurisdiction in complex litigation

  • Class Actions

  • Assignments for next classes – Jurisdiction in complex litigation

    • Read very carefully 28 USC 1367

    • Read the handout on 1367

    • Skim 1332(d),1369

      • Note that indentation of 1332(d) is incorrect. 1332(d) starts at the bottom of Pamphlet p. 4 and continues through p. 7

    • Yeazell pp. 211-13, 218-223

  • Writing Assignment / Questions to think about

    • Handout with 1367 problems

  • Optional

    • Glannon. Ch. 16, 17

    • Yeazell Problems on pp. 222-23, 796-7

Joinder questions

Joinder Questions

  • Pp. 818ff. Qs 1-2

Jurisdiction in complex litigation

Jurisdiction in Complex Litigation

  • Plaintiff must show 4 things for claim to be properly in court

    • Personal jurisdiction

    • Subject matter jurisdiction

    • Venue

    • Joinder

  • Each must be proven independently for each claim

  • Some relaxation of rules

    • Personal jurisdiction

      • FRCP 4(k)(1)(B). 100 mile bulge for defendants joined by Rule 14 (3rd party defendants)

      • Some courts say no need to show personal jurisdiction over compulsory counterclaim, because defendant to counterclaim consented to jurisdiction over related claims by asserting claim in first place

    • Venue

      • 28 USC 1391 allows venue where a single defendant “is subject to .. personal jurisdiction” (b)(3)

Smj in complex litigation

SMJ in Complex Litigation

  • Some relaxation of complete diversity rule

    • In class actions, complete diversity is determined by considering ONLY citizenship of named plaintiff(s)

      • Suppose named plaintiff is from CA and defendants are from NV and MA, there is diversity jurisdiction, even if plaintiff class includes plaintiffs from NV and/or MA

      • Manipulable by plaintiff who wants or does not want federal jurisdiction.

    • SMJ in any non-securities class action where any member of plaintiff class is a citizen of a state different from any defendant, IF amount in controversy exceeds $5,000,000 and 100 or more plaintiffs. 28 USC 1332(d).

      • With discretion to decline jurisdiction for reasons in (d)(3) and (d)(4)

      • This is new statute. Class Actions Fairness Act

    • SMJ in cases involving death of at least 75 people, if minimal diversity and “substantial part of accident” took place in state other than defendant’s residence, or any two defendants reside in different states, or substantial parts of the accident took place in different states. 28 USC 1369

Smj in complex litigation1

SMJ in Complex Litigation

  • Aggregation of amount in controversy

    • Relevant for diversity jurisdiction only

    • See Yeazell pp. 219ff

    • Single plaintiff may aggregate claims against single defendant

    • 2 or more plaintiffs may aggregate claims against 1 or more defendants only if their claims are part of a common undivided interest

    • In class actions, sufficient that one member’s claim meets the amount in controversy requirement OR if total exceeds $5 million

  • Removal

    • All defendants must consent to removal. 1446(b)(2)(A)

      • Some exceptions, e.g. for 1369

  • Supplemental Jurisdiction

    • Note. Supplemental Jurisdiction is about Subject Matter Jurisdiction

      • NOT personal jurisdiction, venue, etc.

    • See handout

Class action questions

Class Action Questions

  • Pp. 881ff. Qs 1, 2

  • BadCorp manipulated the price of its stock by failing to disclose information that would cause share prices to fall. Would a class action alleging violation of federal securities law against BadCorp on behalf of all shareholders who purchased stock during the period when the information was being withheld be appropriate?

  • BadPharm supplied blood to hemophiliacs, but failed to screen adequately for AIDS. As a result, many hemophiliacs in dozens of states got AIDS and some died. Would a product liability class action against BadPharm on behalf of all hemophiliacs who contracted AIDS as a result of contaminated blood be appropriate?

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