New French Law OKs Antitrust, Consumer Class Actions

Law360, New York (March 20, 2014, 7:47 PM EDT) -- France created its first class action system with a law published Tuesday that will allow group lawsuits brought over consumer protection and antitrust violations, though the measure includes restrictions designed to avoid a U.S.-style system.

After months of debate, French lawmakers passed the measure on March 13 and President Francois Hollande signed off on the proposal Monday, paving the way for consumers to start bringing class actions.

The law will allow groups of consumers to seek damages for antitrust violations or other consumer protection-type violations. Under...
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