What Do EU Consumers Think About Collective Action Lawsuits?

CONSUMERS WANT COLLECTIVE ACTION SAFEGUARDS

Only 13% of European consumers support the European Commission’s proposal for collective action lawsuits as it’s currently written.

Source: A 'Fair Deal' for Consumers? An Update on EU Consumer Attitudes Towards Collective Actions and Litigation Funding. July 2018. Institute for Legal Reform.

NO SAFEGUARDS? NO COLLECTIVE ACTIONS

67% of consumers do not support the introduction of collective action lawsuits in their country without safeguards.

Source: A 'Fair Deal' for Consumers? An Update on EU Consumer Attitudes Towards Collective Actions and Litigation Funding. July 2018. Institute for Legal Reform.

SAFEGUARDS MUST BE CONSISTENT

Nearly 82% of consumers feel it is important that collective action safeguards are made consistent across the EU.

Source: A 'Fair Deal' for Consumers? An Update on EU Consumer Attitudes Towards Collective Actions and Litigation Funding. July 2018. Institute for Legal Reform.

CONSUMERS DON'T TRUST LITIGATION FUNDERS

Just 5% of consumers believe that litigation funders will ensure that collective action cases operate in consumers' best interests.

Source: Supporting Safeguards: EU Consumer Attitudes Towards Collective Actions and Litigation Funding. September 2017. Institute for Legal Reform.

CONSUMERS WANT LITIGATION FUNDING SAFEGUARDS

78% of consumers support the introduction of safeguards for third party litigation funding.

Source: A 'Fair Deal' for Consumers? An Update on EU Consumer Attitudes Towards Collective Actions and Litigation Funding. July 2018. Institute for Legal Reform.

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Who We Are

We are a “Fair Deal for EU Consumers” – a campaign for the balanced administration of civil justice in the EU for both consumers and defendants.

On April 11, 2018, the European Commission issued a proposal for a directive on representative actions that would allow consumers to bring American-style class action lawsuits in the EU.

While it is important that European consumers are able to receive redress after suffering damage or loss, the system proposed by the European Commission may actually hurt consumers. It lacks the necessary safeguards (provisions) that protect against the abuses that have plagued the American system.

Without appropriate safeguards, collective litigation will benefit other players in the system, like lawyers and third party litigation funders, at the expense of consumers. This encourages abuse and opportunism.

By providing substantive research on the growth of collective redress in the EU and lessons learned from the U.S. class action system, the campaign aims to ensure that the EU’s first model of collective compensatory redress is fair for all parties.

This campaign is managed by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform. ILR seeks to promote civil justice reform through legislative, political, judicial, and educational activities.