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

Suggested Resources

Research
  • 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. Another Bar Association Considers Nonlawyer Firm Ownership

    January 27, 2020 | News

    The District of Columbia's bar association is considering easing the rules regarding nonlawyers owning and partnering with law firms, Law360 reports.... Read More

  2. Selling More Lawsuits, Buying More Trouble: Third Party Litigation Funding A Decade Later

    January 27, 2020 | Research

    Selling More Lawsuits, Buying More Trouble finds that the third party litigation funding industry has grown massively since ILR's original research on the subject, and that the ethical and practical concerns we identified with TPLF in 2009 were well-founded.... Read More

  3. SCOTUS Won't Hear Biometric Privacy Case

    January 23, 2020 | News

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to Illinois' unique Biometric Privacy Information Act, Law360 reports.... Read More

  4. In the News Today - January 17, 2020

    January 17, 2020 | News

    "The New Class Action Frontier Under Illinois Privacy Law"... Read More

  5. In the News Today - January 14, 2020

    January 14, 2020 | News

    Skadden Attorneys Predict Continued "Record Pace" Of Securities Lawsuit Filings; Public May Be Interested In TPLF, Judge Says... Read More

  6. In the News Today - January 6, 2020

    January 06, 2020 | News

    CCPA Compliance Costs Expected to Reach $55 Billion... Read More

  7. In the News Today - January 2, 2020

    January 02, 2020 | News

    Judge Pauses California Arbitration Ban; Federal Government, Some States and Trade Groups Supporting Bayer Roundup Appeal... Read More

  8. 2019 Winter | ILR Research Review | Volume 6, Issue 3

    December 19, 2019 | Research

    Our Winter 2019 Research Review looks at a number of legal trends that are creating increasingly complex litigation and compliance burdens for companies-leaving the door open for plaintiffs' lawyers to profit.... Read More

  9. Legal Group Joins Facebook In No-Harm Bid To SCOTUS

    December 16, 2019 | News

    The Washington Legal Foundation filed an amicus brief in support of Facebook's ask that the U.S. Supreme Court review a decision to certify a class action lawsuit that failed to prove concrete harm, Law360 reports.... Read More

  10. "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