EU Committee Advances Collective Redress Proposal

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December 06, 2018

The European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee advanced a proposal that would allow U.S.-style class action lawsuits across the European Union.

The report passed with 19 yes votes and three abstentions. According to the press release, the Committee “also approved a mandate to start talks with EU Ministers as soon as the latter adopt their position and Parliament as a whole gives its green light.”

In a statement, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform President Lisa A. Rickard said the report is “poorly written and lacks clear safeguards to prevent fraud and abuse” and urged the European Parliament and Council to “not rush this proposal through the legislative process” without addressing its “critical issues.”