Class war, Euro style - the controversial push for tougher collective redress
Once thought of as a purely US phenomenon, class actions, otherwise known as collective redress, have spread rapidly around the world over the last decade. Despite this, the actual system adopted – where there is one – varies enormously. Some countries, such as France, have an objection on public policy grounds to opt-out regimes (‘opt-out’ being where all potential claimants are bound by a collective redress decision, regardless of whether they ever participate in the proceedings, unless they have expressly chosen to opt-out).
The EU is moving towards creating a region-wide framework for class action litigation. A&O’s Andrew Jeffries sizes up the controversial push for tougher collective redress
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