· Start with ebasicf introduction of topic. Include detailed description of thesis (tentative thesis: The evolution of the class action has resulted in the retention of a useful legal anachronism.)
· Summary of what a class action lawsuit is. Include also brief definition of tort; an alarming number of people donft know what tort is.
· Statement of paper objective and relevance.
· Brief (1-11/2 paragraph) contrast between modern and medieval group litigation, supported by reference materials.
· In-depth discussion of early group litigation:
o Difference in attitude between ancient and modern perceptions of the group, and the validity of such litigation.
o Results of early group litigation.
o Court bias of early group litigation.
· Use a comparison between modern and ancient group litigation as a vehicle to illustrate the differences. Cover:
o Adequate representation of parties. (Include the enecessary partiesf clause of the sixteenth-eighteenth centuries.)
o Perceived historical legitimacy of group litigation.
o More stuff as yet to be determined.
· The politics of group litigation in different time periods; devote a paragraph to each.
· The near-vanishing and reemergence of group litigation:
o Describe the process.
o Cover various reasons for the near-vanishment.
o Describe the way group litigation came back.
· The final evolution of the modern class action:
o Segue from the vehicle of group litigationfs return.
o Cover through the nineteenth and early twentieth century the changing in how a group or class is perceived and defined; at least three paragraphs.
o A brief description of the process of the modern class action, with the context of its evolution from the old group litigation; three-five paragraphs.
· Tie the end together with the beginning:
o Segue from modern process to return to medieval origin.
o Tie together any remaining loose ends.
· Final conclusion; 1-2 paragraphs.