International

For a long time, lawsuit abuse was primarily a U.S. problem. But today, a number of developments are raising the risk of U.S.-style abuses spreading abroad.

One development is the spread of class actions outside the United States. To date, countries such as Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, the Netherlands, 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. In addition, the European Union institutions in Brussels are considering EU-wide class action systems for certain types of claims. While these proposals are not identical to the U.S. system, they can create opportunities for similar abuses, such as settlements that benefit lawyers rather than claimants.

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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.

Painting an Unsettling Landscape: Canadian Class Actions 2011-2014

March 23, 2015 | This paper expounds upon notable developments in Canadian class actions and provides commentary on how businesses facing putative class actions in Canada can best defend against these lawsuits and participate in potential opportunities for reform.

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Data Breaches Soar to Record Levels in New York

March 23, 2017 | News and Blog

New York businesses disclosed nearly 1,300 incidents of data security breaches in 2016 that compromised 1.6 million residents, writes Law360. Read More »

Analysis of Class Action Litigation in Europe Shows Troubling Trends; Prospect of Abusive Litigation is Rising

March 22, 2017 | News and Blog

A new ILR report, The Growth of Collective Redress in the EU, surveyed the ‘state of play' in 10 EU Member States and found that collective redress litigation models, known as class actions in the U.S., are proliferating across Europe without necessary safeguards. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Report: Class Action Litigation Systems in Europe Are Open to Abuse

March 21, 2017 | Press Release

A new report released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) shows collective redress litigation models, known as class actions in the U.S., are proliferating across Europe, but the systems are developing without safeguards to protect consumers and employers. Read More »

In the News Today - March 21, 2017

March 21, 2017 | News and Blog

U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Martin Kenney and Garrett Kelleher after both failed to appear to determine their liability to insurer Cigna. In 2016, Judge Diamond ruled that Kenney and Kelleher had "repeatedly thumbed their noses at the courts of the United States" and were liable to Cigna for "orchestrating" continued action against the company. Read More »

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

Author: Ken Daly, Sidley Austin LLP | March 21, 2017 | Research

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. Read More »

In the News Today - March 16, 2017

March 16, 2017 | News and Blog

U.S. courts approved the highest number of securities class action settlements since 2010. Continuing the growth observed in the prior year, there were 85 approved settlements in 2016, five more than in 2015. Both years are a substantial increase over the annual numbers from 2011 through 2014. Additionally, the $6 billion of approved settlements in 2016 was nearly double the total settlement value in 2015. Read More »

Of Lawsuits and Data Security

March 15, 2017 | News and Blog

Technology is a powerful thing. But it can also be very dangerous. It's advancing at a speed that gives businesses, small and large, a plethora of new opportunities to innovate and grow. However, it often outpaces the law. Read More »

In the News Today - March 13, 2017

March 12, 2017 | News and Blog

U.S. House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) sent letters to the American Bar Association and every state bar association, urging the organizations to adopt requirements for warnings on trial lawyer advertisements that urge patients to discontinue the use of some medicines. Read More »

In the News Today - February 27, 2017

February 27, 2017 | News and Blog

The number of class action lawsuits filed in Canada more than doubled in 2016 compared to the year before according to a report from NERA Economic Consulting. Additionally, the report found that a U.S.-listed company is six times more likely to get hit with a securities suit than a Canadian listed company. Read More »

Class Action Reform Bill Would Spotlight "Cottage Industry" of Third-Party Litigation Funders

February 24, 2017 | News and Blog

In a story examining the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act, the Wall Street Journal's Ben Depietro looks specifically at measures in the legislation that would "require disclosure of third parties funding class actions," and notes the U.S. Chamber's support for the bill. Read More »

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