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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01/01/2019

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Research
  • Analysis of TPLF Funding in European Collective Redress

    Analysis of TPLF Funding in European Collective Redress

    October 15, 2019

    Third party litigation funding-the practice of hedge funds investing in litigation in exchange for a cut of the proceeds-has begun to take root in Europe. Unfortunately, an almost total lack of transparency and regulation means that even as its supporters promise greater "access to justice," TPLF threatens the integrity of European civil justice systems. This ILR research paper details the state of play for TPLF in Europe and around the world, and urges EU legislators to take up a number of specific reforms to protect consumers and businesses. Read More

  • A 'Fair Deal' for Consumers? An Update on EU Consumer Attitudes Towards Collective Actions and Litigation Funding

    A 'Fair Deal' for Consumers? An Update on EU Consumer Attitudes Towards Collective Actions and Litigation Funding

    July 11, 2018

    As the European Commission's proposal on collective actions (known as class actions in the United States) makes its way through the European Union's legislative process, it is important to assess EU consumer opinion of the proposal and the safeguards included (and not included) in the legislation. This survey captured the views of 5,097 consumers across five EU Member States. Read More


All Results for International

  1. In the News Today - November 18, 2019

    November 18, 2019 | News

    "The Coming Storm Of Biometric Privacy Laws: How To Comply;" Oklahoma Judge Says Opioid Verdict Must Only Cover One Year, Not 30... Read More

  2. In the News Today - November 15, 2019

    November 15, 2019 | News

    Opt-Out Class Actions "Should Worry" European Businesses... Read More

  3. "The Coming Storm Of Biometric Privacy Laws"

    November 15, 2019 | News

    Two defense attorneys run through the changing landscape of biometric privacy laws and how they can affect the legal system in a new Law360 expert analysis piece.... Read More

  4. Rules Committee To Continue Work On TPLF

    November 01, 2019 | Blogs

    In another welcome sign, the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules for the U.S. courts announced this week that it will continue to study the effects of third party litigation funding (TPLF) in civil litigation and the potential need for a disclosure requirement. ... Read More

  5. Lead Generators Accused of Fraud

    October 31, 2019 | News

    A mass tort lead generator firm was accused by its investors of fraud, who alleged they were misled about the potential returns on their investments, Reuters reports.... Read More

  6. In the News Today - October 28, 2019

    October 28, 2019 | News

    Pending EU Collective Action Directive Could Ignite TPLF Abuses in Europe... Read More

  7. Pending EU Collective Action Directive Could Ignite TPLF Abuses in Europe

    October 28, 2019 | Blogs

    Third party litigation funding (TPLF) has turned into an estimated $100 billion industry, affecting civil justice systems in the U.S. and around the world. This questionable business practice of letting outsiders invest in lawsuits is rapidly growing in Europe, just as the EU is about to pass the first EU-wide collective redress (class action) legislation.... Read More

  8. Consumers and Businesses "Will Pay a Price" For State-by-State Data Regulations

    October 15, 2019 | News

    A patchwork of state data privacy laws give consumers a "false sense of security" and force businesses to "pay a steep price," the president of the Internet Association said in a New York Times op-ed.... Read More

  9. Analysis of TPLF Funding in European Collective Redress

    October 15, 2019 | Research

    Third party litigation funding-the practice of hedge funds investing in litigation in exchange for a cut of the proceeds-has begun to take root in Europe. Unfortunately, an almost total lack of transparency and regulation means that even as its supporters promise greater "access to justice," TPLF threatens the integrity of European civil justice systems. This ILR research paper details the state of play for TPLF in Europe and around the world, and urges EU legislators to take up a number of specific reforms to protect consumers and businesses.... Read More

  10. In the News Today - October 7, 2019

    October 07, 2019 | News

    AAJ's Arbitration "Study" Based On Flagrantly False Premises... Read More