Thursday, November 29, 2007

Rethinking Class Action Litigation in Britain

After a push toward class actions in Britain, the United Kingdom’s Office of Fair Trading has issued a report cautioning against American style litigation.  You can access Legal Week’s article here.  Currently, Britain permits only certain groups to bring aggregate litigation, including Which?, an organization promising to be independent source for information on consumer products.  Among other agenda items, it campaigns for safety in the cosmetic industry. 

Britain’s backlash surfaces against an increasing worldwide propensity for aggregate litigation.  Stanford and Oxford University are hosting a joint conference on the Globalization of Class Actions in Oxford from December 12-14.  Pending legislation and reports from roughly 35 countries can be found here. 


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