Complex Litigation

Complex Litigation 

Complex Litigation references a category of court cases requiring intensive judicial management due to complexity resulting from one or more of the following factors: numerous parties (often represented by multiple attorneys); numerous separate cases (often from different courts) involving a similar set of facts or question of law that have been consolidated for pretrial or trial proceedings; complex subject matter, often involving extensive discovery and numerous expert witnesses; complex damage determinations or settlements for multiple claimants; and/or procedural complexity, such as complex choice of law issues for multiple parties or issues, complex diversity issues, complex public/private law issues, requirements for a class-certification order, or claim preclusion for plaintiffs not within a proposed class.  Mass torts and class actions are examples of two types of well-known complex actions.