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Class actions in Europe are on the rise, with a number of countries already adopting a US-style ‘opt-out’ model. 

CMS’ leading dispute resolution team helps clients to develop class action defence strategies aligned with their business priorities. We understand that class actions can have very significant financial and reputational impact, as well as absorbing considerable management time.

With one of the strongest European footprints of any major law firm, we can provide a cohesive defence of the largest matters, seamlessly handling multiple overlapping claims across a range of jurisdictions.

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26/01/2021
CMS Ex­pert Guide to European class ac­tions
 Class ac­tions have been on the rise in Europe for a num­ber of years, but the rate is ac­cel­er­at­ing. New pro­ced­ur­al devices in­ten­ded to bet­ter fa­cil­it­ate col­lect­ive re­dress con­tin­ue to be in­tro­duced. Of­ten these mech­an­isms op­er­ate on an opt-in basis,
Comparable
17/05/2021
Class Ac­tions Law Re­view, 5th Edi­tion 2021: Scot­land
Class ac­tions and ma­jor group lit­ig­a­tion can be seis­mic events, not only for the parties in­volved, but also for whole in­dus­tries and parts of so­ci­ety. That po­ten­tial im­pact means they are one of the...

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15/03/2022
Cy­ber and Data Breach Claims
We are pleased to in­vite you to a series of sem­inars for 2021/22 de­livered by the CMS Fin­an­cial Lines In­sur­ance Team. A key theme ob­served by our team over re­cent years is the grow­ing com­plex­ity of Fin­an­cial...
08/02/2022
Class Ac­tions in the UK
We are pleased to in­vite you to a series of sem­inars for 2021/22 de­livered by the CMS Fin­an­cial Lines In­sur­ance Team. A key theme ob­served by our team over re­cent years is the grow­ing com­plex­ity of Fin­an­cial...
25/06/2021
Hu­man rights and le­gis­lat­ive com­pet­ence in Scot­land: the UN­CRC Bill - what...
In­tro­duc­tion On 16 March 2021, the United Na­tions Con­ven­tion of the Rights of the Child (UN­CRC) (In­cor­por­a­tion) (Scot­land) Bill was un­an­im­ously passed by the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment “(UN­CRC Bill)”. The...
16/06/2021
European class ac­tions ex­pec­ted to rise as opt-outs be­come more pop­u­lar
A re­cord num­ber of class ac­tions has been filed across Europe in re­cent years with a rise of over 120% between 2018 and 2020. Class ac­tions against the tech­no­logy sec­tor in­creased dra­mat­ic­ally, with 15...
01/06/2021
Some leaks can­'t be fixed
“Con­fid­en­tial in­form­a­tion is like an ice cube... give it to the party who has no re­fri­ger­at­or or will not agree to keep it in one, and by the time of the tri­al you have just a pool of wa­ter.” This...
17/05/2021
Class Ac­tions Law Re­view, 5th Edi­tion 2021: Scot­land
Class ac­tions and ma­jor group lit­ig­a­tion can be seis­mic events, not only for the parties in­volved, but also for whole in­dus­tries and parts of so­ci­ety. That po­ten­tial im­pact means they are one of the...
22/01/2021
Cla­ri­fy­ing the ter­rit­ori­al reach of the GDPR in data pro­tec­tion lit­ig­a­tion
On 15 Janu­ary 2021, judg­ment was handed down in the High Court by Mr Justice Jay in the case of Sori­anzo v (1) Forensic News LLC (2) Scott Sted­man (3) Eri Levai (4) Jess Cole­man (5) Robert De­nault and...
25/11/2020
QOCS and group lit­ig­a­tion or­ders for per­son­al in­jury claims – to is­sue...
A re­cent de­cision in the Ox­ford County Court in Wa­ter­field and 25 oth­ers v Dent­al­ity and 3 oth­ers (No.2) [2020] 11 WLUK 223 has in­tro­duced an­oth­er is­sue to be con­sidered when ap­ply­ing for a Group Lit­ig­a­tion...
17/09/2020
New Scot­tish class ac­tion pro­ced­ure - how will the re­gime work? Part 2: ...
A new mech­an­ism for group pro­ceed­ings came in­to ef­fect in Scot­land on 31 Ju­ly 2020 (see the rules here). We have already com­men­ted on the cer­ti­fic­a­tion stage of the new re­gime (see here). In this short...
10/09/2020
Priv­ilege: What you need to know
The last couple of years have seen some im­port­ant de­vel­op­ments in Eng­lish case law in the area of leg­al pro­fes­sion­al priv­ilege, from the Court of Ap­peal over­turn­ing a re­strict­ive in­ter­pret­a­tion of lit­ig­a­tion...
02/07/2020
EU agrees new class ac­tion re­gime for con­sumer dis­putes
After a long gest­a­tion, on 30 June 2020 the Coun­cil of the EU pub­lished the text for the col­lect­ive re­dress dir­ect­ive (the “CR Dir­ect­ive”) (text avail­able here). This le­gis­la­tion is in­ten­ded to bet­ter...
10/06/2020
Scot­tish class ac­tion pro­ced­ure to come in­to force on 31 Ju­ly 2020
A new mech­an­ism for bring­ing group pro­ceed­ings (class ac­tions) in Scot­land will come in­to force on 31 Ju­ly 2020. Class ac­tions rep­res­ent a sig­ni­fic­ant risk for cor­por­ate and pub­lic sec­tor de­fend­ants alike...