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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