Large-Scale Damages Actions Tested In Europe

Law360, New York (June 18, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The European Commission's ban on contingency fees and opt-out class actions has led many to question how large-scale private damages actions might function in Europe and has led claimants' representatives from the legal, advocacy and business arenas to test new approaches, with varying degrees of success.

It is widely believed that private antitrust action is on the rise in Europe, with the EC's backing. But the commission's intent to keep the litigation from running wild — which is how it perceives U.S. litigation — means that...
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