Safety in numbers
Class actions, traditionally seen as a predominantly US phenomenon, are moving across the Atlantic into Europe. Tom Fyfe, Liz Williams and Chris Williamson look at recent trends in Europe and the US and ask what the future holds for class litigation in Europe
A new framework for the case management of claims with common issues of fact or law was introduced in the UK in 2000, in the form of group litigation orders (GLOs). These essentially dictate the grouping of similar claims, the selection of a test claimant(s), the staying of the other claims pending determination of the test claim and the sharing of costs among all the claimants.
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