Collective Redress: A Breakthrough or a Damp Sqibb?
Journal of Consumer Policy: consumer issues in law, economics and behavioral sciences , Volume 37 - Issue 1 p. 67- 89
In June 2013, the European Commission issued its long-awaited policy on collective redress. The proposal is in fact about collective actions and omits a holistic assessment of other options for redress. The proposal is a Recommendation not a proposed legislation. A related proposed Directive on competition damages does not mention collective actions. The proposed framework is not a model as too many aspects remain subject to national rules and contexts. Empirical evidence from collective actions in Member States suggests that this does not herald a new dawn for litigation or redress, although it may fuel more litigation in some Member States and thus forum shopping. In threatening to introduce legislation unless Member States introduce collective actions for all types of claim, the Commission opposes the majority of the Council and seems to have overplayed its hand.
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Hodges, C.J.S. (2014). Collective Redress: A Breakthrough or a Damp Sqibb?. Journal of Consumer Policy: consumer issues in law, economics and behavioral sciences, 37(1), 67–89. doi:10.1007/s10603-013-9242-0