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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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