There are troubling signs that U.S.-style class action systems are spreading globally. Almost every EU Member State, Canada, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, and Mexico—to name a few—have all considered or already allow some form of class actions. While these proposals are not identical to the U.S. system, they can create opportunities for similar abuses, such as settlements that unfairly benefit lawyers rather than claimants.

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  1. Burford Controversy Might "Cool Down The Hype" Around Litigation Funding

    August 15, 2019 | News

    Some legal experts told the third party litigation funding industry "might not look the same in the aftermath" of the short-selling and accounting controversy that has embroiled industry leader Burford Capital.... Read More

  2. Biometric Privacy Question Likely Headed To Supreme Court, Lawyer Says

    August 14, 2019 | News

    Questions surrounding the viability of biometric data privacy class action lawsuits are likely headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, a lawyer told the Cook County Record. ... Read More

  3. In the News Today - August 13, 2019

    August 13, 2019 | News

    Litigation Funder, Short Seller, Race To Regulator To Urge Probes... Read More

  4. Ninth Circ. Decision "Likely To Make It Easier" To Bring Biometric Lawsuits

    August 13, 2019 | News

    According to Law360, a recent decision by the Ninth Circuit is "likely to make it easier for plaintiffs to prop up" biometric information privacy class actions around the country. ... Read More

  5. In the News Today - August 12, 2019

    August 12, 2019 | News

    "London's Largest Divorce" Offers New Questions About Litigation Funding... Read More

  6. Litigation Funding Back "In The Spotlight" Thanks To Burford Crisis

    August 09, 2019 | News

    The accusations of misleading accounting facing Burford Capital have "raised broader questions" about the litigation funding industry, the Financial Times writes.... Read More

  7. Short-seller Alleges Enron-esque Accounting Practices at Industry-Leading Litigation Funder

    August 08, 2019 | News

    Burford Capital, the largest player in the litigation funding industry, is scrambling to respond to short-seller Muddy Waters' scathing report from earlier this week. The report alleges "Enron-esque" accounting practices at Burford, including incomplete portrayals of the value of ongoing funded litigation that did not account for "potentially recovery-killing" developments in the cases concerned, Bloomberg Law reports.... Read More

  8. Short-Seller Says Litigation Funding Giant Overstates Investment Returns

    August 07, 2019 | News

    Short-seller Muddy Waters said Burford Capital, a third party litigation funding industry giant, has been overstating its investment returns and has questionable reporting and governance practices, Bloomberg reports.... Read More

  9. Private Rights of Action - Shifting Gears in Privacy Enforcement

    August 06, 2019 | Blogs

    A private right of action is essentially a license to sue. It's usually a statutory grant of authority that gives private lawyers the green light to enforce privacy laws through litigation. But when plaintiffs' lawyers-not government agencies-are allowed to write and enforce the rules of the road, it can lead to mixed signals. ... Read More

  10. In the News Today - August 1, 2019

    August 01, 2019 | News

    FTC Says Not Everyone Will Get Paid Though Equifax Settlement... Read More