Class actions spreading abroad but with a twist

“…a growing list of countries outside the United States, including Canada, Australia, most European, and several South American countries, now recognize some form of multiclaimant litigation—whether class actions, groups actions, or representative actions by consumer or public organizations.  The trend, however, has been to reject wholesale adoption of U.S.-style class actions.  What has emerged instead is a distinctly “un-American” approach that generally disfavors opt-out procedures and often allows public bodies and private consumer organizations to bring collective actions in addition to (and sometimes in place of) individuals.”


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