"[This book] covers federal class actions and other multi-party litigation, including case law, applicable rules and statutes, and important secondary sources. [The author] covers all of the major topics of class action law and practice, such as commencement of a class action, requirements for class certification, class action discovery, notice to class members, opt- out rights, Seventh Amendment and due process issues, class settlements, remedies, appellate review, issue and claim preclusion, ethical issues, ADR, and third-party financing. [The book] also contains a special focus on securities, mass tort, and employment discrimination class actions, as well as treatment of defendant class actions, multidistrict litigation, bankruptcy, joinder devices under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and shareholder derivative suits. [The author finally] explores the latest cutting-edge issues in multi-party litigation and discusses numerous ground-breaking court decisions"--
Includes table of cases and index.
Introduction -- Evolution and overview of federal court class actions -- Class certification requirements: threshold requirements and Rule 23(a) -- Class certification requirements: Rule 23(b) -- Litigating a class action -- Notice, opt-out rights, and communications with class members -- Multi-jurisdictional and state court class actions -- Special civil procedure issues -- Resolution and funding of class actions -- Appellate review -- Special focus on mass tort, employment discrimination, and securities fraud class actions -- Defendant class actions, derivative suits, and suits involving unincorporated associations -- Ethical issues in class actions -- Multidistrict litigation -- Non-class aggregation devices under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure -- Other aggregation and coordination devices in federal practice