Law 820 - California Impact Litigation

David Babbe

David Babbe

Lecturer in Law
B.A. UC Irvine, 1978
J.D. UCLA, 1981
Course Description:

California’s Unfair Competition Law is a tool used by governmental and private litigants to effectuate change through impact litigation. Students in this practicum gain an in-depth understanding of the law and, under the guidance of counsel from the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, develop proposals for potential impact cases to be litigated by the City Attorney’s Office. Students also prepare research memoranda analyzing the factual and legal issues for their proposed cases, draft complaints, discovery requests and proposed injunctions, and on the final day of the course, make oral presentations regarding their proposed cases to L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer.

Course Learning Outcomes:

Here are the basic learning objectives for this class:

· Provide you with an understanding of how the UCL can serve as a tool to remedy societal problems through impact litigation.

· Provide you with a basic understanding of the key substantive and procedural issues that arise in UCL litigation.

· Provide you with training in the following litigation skills that are critical to UCL litigation but are also transferrable to other types of litigation: interviewing witnesses, drafting complaints, developing discovery plans; drafting discovery requests, taking depositions and developing and presenting trial themes.

· Provide those of you who are participating in the field placement component of the course with the opportunity to work on real UCL cases at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.