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 - July 17, 2019

    July 17, 2019 | News

    EU Data Privacy Fines Are Getting Steep. Will This Be the New Normal?... Read More

  2. New ILR Research Finds Private Rights Of Action Are "Inefficient and Ineffective"

    July 15, 2019 | News

    A new research paper released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) found that "private rights of action are inefficient and ineffective," particularly when used to address data privacy concerns.... Read More

  3. New Study: Lawsuits Are Poor Tools for Protecting Privacy

    July 15, 2019 | Press Release

    A new study released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) shows what happens when plaintiffs' lawyers are given the green light to enforce privacy laws through private rights of action: clogged courts, less innovation and no real benefit to consumers. ... Read More

  4. Ill-Suited: Private Rights of Action and Privacy Claims

    July 11, 2019 | Research

    Private rights of action (PRAs) are highly problematic: the plaintiffs' bar benefits significantly from America's lawsuit system, while consumers are left with little. PRAs are especially poor tools for addressing privacy issues, which are better left to regulators with relevant expertise and perspective to shape and balance penalties, deterrence, innovation, and consumer protection.... Read More

  5. In the News Today - July 10, 2019

    July 10, 2019 | News

    European Court of Justice Warned That Lawsuit's Effect On Trade "Would Be Immense"... Read More

  6. "Divergent State Privacy Laws Show Need For Federal Solution"

    July 10, 2019 | News

    Attorneys with the Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld law firm write in Law360 that without a national, uniform data privacy standard, a "complex web of laws" will "pose significant challenges to businesses with multistate and national footprints."... Read More

  7. In the News Today - July 9, 2019

    July 09, 2019 | News

    Highly-Watched EU Data Lawsuit Begins Today... Read More

  8. In the News Today - July 8, 2019

    July 08, 2019 | News

    Louisiana Tort Laws "Encourage Claims And Litigation," Insurer Association CEO; For Funders And Plaintiffs' Lawyers, It's "Game On" In Australia... Read More

  9. ILR President: "Only the UK Supreme Court Can Now Prevent a US-style Litigation Monster"

    July 03, 2019 | News

    In a Law Society Gazette commentary piece, Lisa A. Rickard, the president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, said a case potentially before the UK Supreme Court is the only thing separating the UK legal system from a "US-style litigation monster."... Read More

  10. In The News Today - July 2, 2019

    July 02, 2019 | Blogs

    GDPR "Holding European Businesses Back," Data Think Tank Analyst Says; TPLF Driving Growth of Australian Class Actions... Read More