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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The Growth of Collective Redress in the EU: A Survey of Developments in 10 Member States

March 21, 2017 | This paper examines the 'state of play' of collective redress in 10 Member States in the EU and suggests minimum necessary safeguards to prevent litigation abuse taking hold in Europe.

Before the Flood: An Outline of Oversight Options for Third Party Litigation Funding in England & Wales

April 18, 2016 | This paper examines the ethical and practical concerns that are emerging from the significant expansion of third party litigation funding (TPLF) in the UK, and underscores the need for government oversight of the practice.

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In the News Today - June 15, 2017

June 15, 2017 | News and Blog

Bringing TPLF ‘Out of the Shadows': ILR wants to "bring third-party litigation funding arrangements out of the shadows," writes attorney Kendall W. Harrison. Read More »

Supreme Court Urged to Enforce Class-Action Waivers in Workplace Arbitration

June 12, 2017 | News and Blog

Several companies urged the U.S. Supreme Court last week to enforce class-action waivers in workplace arbitration agreements, writes Reuters. Read More »

In the News Today - June 8, 2017

June 08, 2017 | News and Blog

In a recent opinion piece, Lord Faulks urges the government of the United Kingdom to "consider a growing and almost unregulated phenomenon that is in danger or undermining the integrity" of the legal system. Read More »

Pressure Mounts on Third-Party Funders in the UK

June 07, 2017 | News and Blog

Recently, the Royal Bank of Scotland successfully obtained orders "forcing claimants to disclose the identity of their funders," writes the Law Society Gazette. Read More »

Litigation Finance Arrangements Need to be Disclosed

June 06, 2017 | News and Blog

With the support of more than two dozen business groups, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform sent a letter to the office of the U.S. courts asking the committee on rules of practice and procedure to require disclosure of third-party financing arrangements in all civil cases filed in federal court, writes the Wall Street Journal. Read More »

In the News Today - June 5, 2017

June 05, 2017 | News and Blog

More than a dozen business groups have proposed an amendment to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to require the disclosure of outside financing arrangements. Read More »

In the News Today - June 2, 2017

June 02, 2017 | News and Blog

Plaintiffs' attorneys asked a federal judge to sanction Sanofi, the defendant, for filing a motion filled with "unfounded accusations" in an attempt to get information on outside funding for the litigation. Read More »

Are the Days of Undisclosed Third-Party Litigation Funding Numbered?

June 02, 2017 | News and Blog

The business of bankrolling lawsuits has mushroomed from a niche practice into a worldwide, multibillion-dollar industry in less than a decade. This happened despite the fact that courts, defendants and even some plaintiffs have little or no awareness of whether the lawsuits they are involved in are underwritten by financers because there are no disclosure requirements. Read More »

Irish Court Deals Blow to Third-Party Funders

May 24, 2017 | News and Blog

Yesterday, Ireland's Supreme Court delivered a "blow" to the third party litigation funding (TPLF) industry, according to the Law Society Gazette. Read More »

Customers Sue Funder Alleging Excessive Interest Rates

May 10, 2017 | News and Blog

Six former Oasis Legal Finance customers are suing the company, asking "a federal judge to declare the interest rates charged by the company in violation of the lending laws of the state," writes Forbes/Legal Newsline. Read More »

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