Class Actions Around the Globe

Studies over the years have consistently shown that the United States has one of the most expensive tort systems in the world (costing $429 billion in 2017). The U.S. business litigation environment is well-known to be particularly litigious, costly and ineffective. Yet, despite these obvious flaws, countries around the world are increasingly “importing” the most problematic features of the U.S. litigation system. Read More...

A recent ILR study shows that most EU Member States, including the UK, are rapidly adopting collective redress mechanisms without setting in place essential safeguards to prevent litigation abuse. To make matters worse, traditional European litigation safeguards, like the “loser-pays” rule, are eroding.

On top of these country-specific developments, the European Commission has also issued a proposal for a directive on collective actions that would allow consumers to bring American-style class action lawsuits in the EU. The proposed system goes further than the broadest form of collective action currently in existence in the EU.

As these trends develop around the world, those looking to take advantage of the courts in order to make a profit are also expanding globally. Third party litigation funders, which invest in claims for a percentage of the awards, are growing vigorously in many countries, including Australia, Canada, and the UK. The Financial Times reported that £70 billion (or approximately $100 billion) was a reasonable estimate of the amount of litigation funding available to funders and firms worldwide.

To mitigate these risks, ILR engages around the world to caution foreign policymakers and stakeholders against adopting U.S.-style class actions and advocate for safeguards and alternative methods of dispute resolution. ILR also commissions timely and substantive research that is often cited by foreign policymakers, stakeholders, and the media.

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  1. Recent UK Developments Add to "Global Rise of Collective Actions"

    August 19, 2019 | News

    Developments in the UK litigation landscape are a reflection of the "global rise of collective actions," Kevin LaCroix said in D&O Diary.... Read More

  2. Earlier Decision "Completely Unsuitable" For UK Class Action System, Mastercard Says

    July 29, 2019 | News

    A Mastercard spokesman told The Telegraph that the huge class action lawsuit revived by the UK Court of Appeal "is completely unsuitable to be brought under the collective actions regime."... Read More

  3. UK Supreme Court To Hear Massive Mastercard Case

    July 25, 2019 | News

    The UK Supreme Court announced today that it will hear Mastercard's appeal of a £14 billion ($17.5 billion) class action lawsuit that has huge implications for the country's legal system.... Read More

  4. In the News Today - July 22, 2019

    July 22, 2019 | News

    Australian Corporation Argues Funding Deal Gives Too Much Control To Funders; California Assemblyman Says Decision To Take Labels Off Coffee Was "Right"... Read More

  5. In the News Today - July 17, 2019

    July 17, 2019 | News

    EU Data Privacy Fines Are Getting Steep. Will This Be the New Normal?... Read More

  6. In the News Today - July 10, 2019

    July 10, 2019 | News

    European Court of Justice Warned That Lawsuit's Effect On Trade "Would Be Immense"... Read More

  7. In the News Today - July 8, 2019

    July 08, 2019 | News

    Louisiana Tort Laws "Encourage Claims And Litigation," Insurer Association CEO; For Funders And Plaintiffs' Lawyers, It's "Game On" In Australia... Read More

  8. ILR President: "Only the UK Supreme Court Can Now Prevent a US-style Litigation Monster"

    July 03, 2019 | News

    In a Law Society Gazette commentary piece, Lisa A. Rickard, the president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, said a case potentially before the UK Supreme Court is the only thing separating the UK legal system from a "US-style litigation monster."... Read More

  9. In The News Today - July 2, 2019

    July 02, 2019 | Blogs

    GDPR "Holding European Businesses Back," Data Think Tank Analyst Says; TPLF Driving Growth of Australian Class Actions... Read More

  10. In The News Today - June 25, 2019

    June 25, 2019 | News

    U.S. Funder Backs £14bn Claim Against Mastercard... Read More



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