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France Moves Toward Allowing Class Action Suits

Law360 (July 12, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The French government is planning to introduce class action lawsuits, drawing praise from consumer groups and prompting fear from business that U.S.-style legal excess will hurt the country’s economy.

President Jacques Chirac triggered the debate in January 2005, when he announced plans to introduce such a law. But stiff opposition from his finance and justice ministries, as well as from business leaders, has stalled the measure until now.

It’s now expected to move toward finalization in the fall, according to French sources following the transformation, and...
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