Electronic Discovery Concerns Surround Evolving Electronic Communications

Methods of communicating electronically change rapidly. While traditional email communication is still widely used, more people are turning to text, chat, and social communications, even in the corporate world.

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Australian ruling shows practical application of ‘opt-in’ class actions

Federal courts in the U.S. favor an “opt-out” system for class action suits. While this system allows consumers with small individual claims to hold defendants accountable, it does have detractors. Critics of the “opt-out” system claim that it leads to excessively large groups of plaintiffs, who may not be interested in participating, or even be aware that they are involved. In other parts of the world, however, courts often require class members to opt in, not out.

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Navigating International Class Actions and Collective Actions in the U.K.

While class actions have existed for 50 years in the United States, the rest of the world has been slow to adopt the practice. Canada, Australia and the Netherlands are a few examples of other countries that have successfully implemented policies to allow one individual to file a lawsuit on behalf of others similarly harmed. Recently, new legislation was passed in the United Kingdom which will provide the opportunity for this type of litigation in respect to competition claims.

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