New Zealand Announces TPLF And Class Action Inquiry

01st Jul 2019

New Zealand announced its Law Commission will be looking into the growth of third party litigation funding, becoming the latest country to examine the practice.

A previous review of litigation funding by the Law Commission stalled last year. However, several high-profile class action lawsuits have jumpstarted the review process once again, which will also include an examination of class action litigation in general.

New Zealand becomes the latest country to review third party litigation funding and its implications. The practice is prevalent in the United States, where lawmakers have introduced legislation to regulate funding, and the country’s court administrators are currently considering a rule that would require funding arrangements to be disclosed. At the European Union level, third party litigation funding is part of the debate over a proposal for a directive on collective actions, which currently includes some safeguards for funding, such as disclosure. Law commissions in Australia and Canada have also undertaken reviews of litigation funding.