International

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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01/01/2019

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Research
  • Analysis of TPLF Funding in European Collective Redress

    Analysis of TPLF Funding 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. Analysis of TPLF Funding in European Collective Redress

    October 15, 2019 | Research

    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

  2. In the News Today - October 7, 2019

    October 07, 2019 | News

    AAJ's Arbitration "Study" Based On Flagrantly False Premises... Read More

  3. AAJ's Arbitration "Study" Based On Flagrantly False Premises

    October 07, 2019 | Blogs

    Recently, the American Association for Justice (AAJ) released a "study" on arbitration-just as the House of Representatives took up legislation. To no one's surprise, the AAJ argues that litigation is a better way to resolve disputes. But this "study" is nothing more than a misleading attempt to discredit arbitration that's based on three flagrantly false premises.... Read More

  4. In the News Today - October 3, 2019

    October 03, 2019 | News

    ILR Submits Comments to California Bar Regarding Proposed Rule Changes... Read More

  5. ILR's Harold Kim: Senate Must "Preserve" Arbitration

    October 02, 2019 | News

    In a new op-ed, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) Chief Operating Officer Harold Kim said the U.S. Senate should preserve arbitration to "spare Americans from trial lawyers' greed."... Read More

  6. ILR Submits Comments to California Bar Regarding Proposed Rule Changes

    October 02, 2019 | Blogs

    Last week, the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) submitted comments to the State Bar of California regarding potential rules changes that accentuate our long-standing concerns about third party litigation funding.... Read More

  7. In the News Today - September 26, 2019

    September 26, 2019 | News

    New Study Finds Big Swing in Judicial Decisions After Election; Funders, Advertisers "Pouring Money" Into Medical Device Litigation... Read More

  8. "Ending Arbitration Might Help Trial Lawyers, But Won't Help Employees"

    September 26, 2019 | News

    In an op-ed for The Hill, the director of the Independent Women's Law Center said the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act "may help trial lawyers…but it won't help employees get justice."... Read More

  9. In the News Today - September 25, 2019

    September 25, 2019 | News

    European Court of Justice Limits Scope of Data Laws... Read More

  10. "The Lawyer Enrichment Act"

    September 23, 2019 | News

    The Wall Street Journal editorial board says "trial lawyers lose the most from arbitration" in a new piece on a House-passed bill that would restrict the use of arbitration between businesses and employees.... Read More