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

  • Uncharted Waters: Analysis of TPLF in European Collective Redress

    Uncharted Waters: 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. In The News today - April 9, 2020

    April 09, 2020 | News

    Third-Party Litigation Funders' Business Is Booming During Pandemic... Read More

  2. In the News Today - April 7, 2020

    April 07, 2020 | News

    Google Joins With U.K. Researchers to Track Coronavirus... Read More

  3. In the News Today -March 20, 2020

    March 20, 2020 | News

    Oklahoma Senate Votes to Put a Cap on Non-Economic Damages and TPLF Deal Raises Ethical Red Flags.... Read More

  4. In the News Today -March 11, 2020

    March 11, 2020 | News

    ILR Urges DC Bar to Reject Rules That Could Expand TPLF... Read More

  5. ILR Urges DC Bar to Reject New Rules That Could Expand TPLF

    March 10, 2020 | Blogs

    The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), and three other associations, strongly urged the District of Columbia Bar Association to reject a proposed rule change that would further the influence of third party litigation funding (TPLF) in the District's legal system.... Read More

  6. In the News Today - March 6, 2020

    March 06, 2020 | News

    Bloomberg Law's 2019 Litigation Finance Industry Survey revealed that lawyers who are interested in litigation financing are more likely to obtain funding for a single case than for a portfolio of cases.... Read More

  7. NY City Bar Group Pushes to Allow Third Party Litigation Financing

    March 03, 2020 | News

    A working group of the New York City Bar Association released a report that calls for "less restricted access" to third-party litigation funding (TPLF), according to Bloomberg Law.... Read More

  8. In the News Today - February 19, 2020

    February 19, 2020 | News

    "The Coming Wave of California Consumer Privacy Act Lawsuits"... Read More

  9. Litigation Funding Bills Pop Up in State Legislatures

    February 18, 2020 | News

    According to an analysis by Claims Journal, several state legislatures are considering bills to "impose more controls on litigation funding companies."... Read More

  10. In the News Today - February 14, 2020

    February 14, 2020 | News

    States Reject First Opioid Settlement Offer; "ALI's Proposed Restatement of Copyrights has the Potential to Harm the Creative Industries;" Financial Times Columnist Says Burford Overstating Claims... Read More