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March 14, 2007

EU Consumer Affairs Commissioner Considers Class-Action Style Suits

The new EU Commissioner of Consumer Affairs recently announced to the European Parliament in Strasbourg that she is considering proposals to introduce into the EU new rules for collective redress by consumers which could include class-action type lawsuits.  The proposal under consideration would allow claims of consumers from multiple jurisdictions to be aggregated, raising several interesting questions including questions of jurisdiction and the way in which such a procedure would be reconciled with existing EU and national rules about where such claims may be brought.  Such an unprecedented system of international cooperation in the field of consumer protection would certainly increase the litigation exposure of companies providing goods and services in the EU.

JDP

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