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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  1. In the News Today - March 19, 2019

    March 19, 2019 | News

    Will 2019 Be A "Watershed" Moment in Australian Class Action Litigation?... Read More

  2. In the News Today - March 12, 2019

    March 12, 2019 | News

    Litigation Funders Hit the Jackpot at the Expense of Consumers... Read More

  3. Data Privacy Debate Heats Up on Capitol Hill

    March 06, 2019 | News

    The debate over a national data privacy law is gaining steam, The Hill reports. ... Read More

  4. In the News Today - March 1, 2019

    March 01, 2019 | News

    EU's GDPR Remains a "Legal Puzzle"... Read More

  5. Forced Litigation Benefits Only Lawyers, ILR President Rickard Says

    March 01, 2019 | News

    In Corporate Counsel, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform President Lisa A. Rickard (ILR) said bills that would eliminate arbitration are really a "forced litigation scheme that will cut most people off from justice" and enrich plaintiffs' lawyers.... Read More

  6. In the News Today - February 28, 2019

    February 28, 2019 | News

    Senate Holds Hearing on Federal Data Privacy Laws... Read More

  7. In the News Today - February 22, 2019

    February 22, 2019 | News

    Canadian Think Tank Releases Report Highlighting "True Cost" of Municipal Climate Lawsuits... Read More

  8. Senators Introduce The Litigation Funding Transparency Act

    February 14, 2019 | News

    National Law Journal reports that Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Ben Sasse (R-NE) reintroduced the Litigation Funding Transparency Act, which would require third party litigation funding arrangements to be disclosed in litigation.... Read More

  9. Senators Move to Shine a Light on the Litigation Funding Industry

    February 13, 2019 | Blogs

    Billions of dollars are being invested in lawsuits by sophisticated hedge funds that, according to some of these firms, yield huge money for them. Yet neither the defendant, nor in many cases the actual plaintiffs, have any idea that this is happening.... Read More

  10. In the News Today - February 12, 2019

    February 12, 2019 | News

    Settlement Rejection Shows Courts Are Hesitant to Approve Deals "Thin on Details But Rich in Attorney's Fees"... Read More