In a blog post, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform President Lisa A. Rickard yesterday urged the European Commission to “follow its own advice” as it prepares a new directive on class action litigation in the European Union.
The European Commission will soon unveil a major directive to all EU Member States on how they should handle collective redress, a growing European trend of U.S.-style class action litigation. In 2013, the Commission released a recommendation on how to properly implement collective redress mechanisms with safeguards against litigation abuse. Unfortunately a January 2018 follow-up report found that EU countries have been unevenly implementing these safeguards, opening the door to widespread abuse and forum shopping.
As the Commission prepares its official legislation, Rickard said it has “the opportunity–and the duty–to ensure that the EU’s first model of collective redress is consistent with best practices and is not open to abuse and opportunism.”