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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GOP Lawmakers Introduce Measures to Repeal CFPB Rule

July 21, 2017 | News and Blog

More than a dozen Republican senators, including most GOP members of the Senate Banking Committee, introduced a resolution Thursday morning to repeal the CFPB rule under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), writes the Hill. Read More »

In the News Today - July 20, 2017

July 20, 2017 | News and Blog

Asset manager Connection Capital has secured its largest ever fundraise – an 8 million pound investment into litigation funder Therium. Read More »

In the News Today - June 29, 2017

June 29, 2017 | News and Blog

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Stuart Bernstein ruled that the administrator of Gawker Media LLC's bankruptcy estate can examine Peter Thiel and his relationship with a lawyer, Charles J. Harder, over their potential role in Gawker's demise. Read More »

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 »

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