New ILR Research Finds EU Consumers Are Skeptical of New Collective Action Proposal

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July 11, 2018

A survey released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) found that only 13 percent of European consumers support the European Commission’s proposal on collective actions as it is currently written.

The report, called “A ‘Fair Deal’ for Consumers?,” surveyed over 5,000 adults across five EU countries and comes just three months after the European Commission released a proposal that would introduce collective actions, which are similar to U.S.-style class actions, across the European Union. The survey also found two-thirds of consumers believe that the Commission should not introduce collective action lawsuit systems without safeguards against abuse.

“Without critical safeguards, the Commission’s proposal risks turning the EU into a global hub for abusive lawsuits that is as bad as the U.S. system,” said ILR President Lisa A. Rickard. “That idea concerns EU consumers, who oppose the proposal without safeguards to prevent runaway litigation.”