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This class will provide an overview of the fundamental issues encountered in handling litigation in federal court on behalf of the victims of terrorism. The program will cover issues at the pleading stage, including deciding to bring suit as an individual or a class, asserting personal and subject matter jurisdiction over the defendant, identifying the possible causes of action, best practices in serving notice, and responding to motions to dismiss. The course will then discuss how to conduct investigations, submitting FOIA notices, and using formal discovery practices though the summary judgment stage. Next, the presenter will cover specific issues relating to the foreign sovereign immunities act, alien tort claims act, and the anti-terrorism act, as well as the role of state common law. Finally, the program will cover the issue of defaulting foreign sovereign defendants and the role of certain governmental funds in the proceedings.
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