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. UK Appeals Court Revives Record-Breaking Class Action

    April 16, 2019 | News

    According to Law360, the U.K. Court of Appeal has revived a proposed £14 billion ($18.3 billion) class action against Mastercard that was previously dismissed in 2017.... Read More

  2. In the News Today - April 8, 2019

    April 08, 2019 | News

    Victoria Mayor Reverses Course, Says Municipal Energy Suits Are a Bad Idea... Read More

  3. In the News Today - April 4, 2019

    April 04, 2019 | News

    DOJ Chief Privacy Officer Calls for Single, Preemptive Federal Data Privacy Law... Read More

  4. In the News Today - April 3, 2019

    April 03, 2019 | News

    Lawyers' Court Fight Spills Over From Florida To Texas... Read More

  5. Proposed Illinois Law May Rein In Biometric Data Lawsuits

    April 03, 2019 | News

    A bipartisan pair of Illinois state senators has introduced a bill that could rein in the mounting litigation over the state's Biometric Information Privacy Act, Biometric Update reports.... Read More

  6. Now We Know Why Litigation Funders Make It "Harder and More Expensive to Settle Cases"

    April 03, 2019 | Blogs

    Third party litigation funders can keep their presence hidden without the judge, jury, or defendant knowing that they're bankrolling the case. But every once in a while, we get some sunlight. Last year, an executive with one of the world's largest litigation funders, IMF Bentham, admitted to The Wall Street Journal that they "make it harder and more expensive to settle cases." Now, we may know why. ... Read More

  7. Illinois Law Blocks Residents From Buying Some New Technologies

    April 02, 2019 | News

    The Illinois Biometric Privacy Act has shut out new consumer and home security products from being sold in the state, CNET reports.... Read More

  8. Lone Star Lawmakers Take Lead in Tackling Trio of Troubling Lawsuit Abuses

    March 29, 2019 | Blogs

    At a Judiciary Committee hearing this week, the Texas House of Representatives debated a trio of bills that address key issues facing the civil justice system today: The growing problem of lawsuits by cities and counties, harmful trial lawyer advertising misleading seniors into stopping their medications, and big finance firms investing in lawsuits.... Read More

  9. In the News Today - March 28, 2019

    March 28, 2019 | News

    Florida Lawmakers Consider Whether to Follow Illinois, Open Lawsuit Floodgates... Read More

  10. 30 Groups from Across the Business Spectrum Sign Letter Calling for Litigation Funding Transparency

    March 28, 2019 | Blogs

    Yesterday, a coalition of 30 business and legal organizations, led by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), wrote a letter the Advisory Committee-which writes rules for federal courts-countering funders' arguments against transparency. ... Read More