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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Suggested Resources

  • Analysis of TPLF in European Collective Redress

    Analysis of TPLF in European Collective Redress

    October 15, 2019

    Third party litigation funding-the practice of hedge funds investing in litigation in exchange for a cut of the proceeds-has begun to take root in Europe. Unfortunately, an almost total lack of transparency and regulation means that even as its supporters promise greater "access to justice," TPLF threatens the integrity of European civil justice systems. This ILR research paper details the state of play for TPLF in Europe and around the world, and urges EU legislators to take up a number of specific reforms to protect consumers and businesses. Read More

  • A 'Fair Deal' for Consumers? An Update on EU Consumer Attitudes Towards Collective Actions and Litigation Funding

    A 'Fair Deal' for Consumers? An Update on EU Consumer Attitudes Towards Collective Actions and Litigation Funding

    July 11, 2018

    As the European Commission's proposal on collective actions (known as class actions in the United States) makes its way through the European Union's legislative process, it is important to assess EU consumer opinion of the proposal and the safeguards included (and not included) in the legislation. This survey captured the views of 5,097 consumers across five EU Member States. Read More

All Results for International

  1. "Product Liability Claims Can Be A Global Threat To Companies"

    December 10, 2019 | News

    A partner and product liability practice head at the Signature Litigation law firm said that though product liability claims start in one jurisdiction, they can "spread all around the world."... Read More

  2. In the News Today - December 6, 2019

    December 06, 2019 | News

    Biometric Data Law Can Cause Litigation "Explosion," Florida Chamber Warns... Read More

  3. Australian High Court Ruling Will Disrupt Litigation Funders' Business Model

    December 05, 2019 | News

    The High Court of Australia ruled yesterday that courts have no power to order class members to pay a portion of their recoveries to litigation funders, which says could be "a major blow" to the industry.... Read More

  4. In the News Today - December 4, 2019

    December 04, 2019 | News

    "Financial Cos. Face A New Normal Under State Privacy Laws"... Read More

  5. California Data Law Filled With "Subjective" Language, Advocates Say

    December 04, 2019 | News

    Business advocates said the California Consumer Privacy Act contains "subjective" language at a meeting with state government officials, reports.... Read More

  6. In The News Today - December 2, 2019

    December 02, 2019 | News

    EU Council "Finally Plays Its Hand" On Class Actions... Read More

  7. Illinois Biometric Privacy Law Has Become "Serious Concern"

    November 21, 2019 | News

    Kevin LaCroix, the author of the D&O Diary blog, says the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) has "become a much more serious concern" over the past year.... Read More

  8. Litigation Funders Poised For Major Investment Infusion

    November 20, 2019 | News

    A new survey found that litigation funders have a staggering $9.52 billion under management in the U.S. and are actively seeking new portfolio-style deals, Law360 reports.... Read More

  9. In the News Today - November 18, 2019

    November 18, 2019 | News

    "The Coming Storm Of Biometric Privacy Laws: How To Comply;" Oklahoma Judge Says Opioid Verdict Must Only Cover One Year, Not 30... Read More

  10. In the News Today - November 15, 2019

    November 15, 2019 | News

    Opt-Out Class Actions "Should Worry" European Businesses... Read More