Manufacturers Face The Rise Of Global Class Actions

Law360 (January 2, 2019, 2:16 PM EST) -- Economist Thomas Friedman has noted that today, “you can innovate without having to emigrate.”[1] That’s certainly true in the world of law. As business has spread across traditional geographic borders, litigation in its various forms has followed suit. Significantly, class actions — once largely unique to the United States — and other forms of collective redress are proliferating around the globe.

The list of countries that have enacted some form of collective redress grows longer year by year. Plaintiffs attorneys are innovating, sharing information and coordinating product liability claims in a manner not seen before. And the “global class action,” in...

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