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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.

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28 May 2020
Class Ac­tions Law Re­view, Fourth Edi­tion 2020: 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 few types of claim that have be­come truly glob­al in both im­port­ance and scope, as re­flec­ted in this fourth edi­tion of The Class Ac­tions Law Re­view.As with pre­vi­ous edi­tions of this re­view, this up­dated pub­lic­a­tion aims to provide cli­ents with a single over­view hand­book to which they can turn for the key pro­ced­ures, de­vel­op­ments and factors in play in a num­ber of the world’s most im­port­ant jur­is­dic­tions.The Scot­land chapter has been re­pro­duced with per­mis­sion from Law Busi­ness Re­search Ltd. This art­icle was first pub­lished in May 2020. For fur­ther in­form­a­tion please con­tact Nick.Bar­[email protected]­views.co.uk.

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10 June 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....
29 April 2020
UK com­pet­i­tion class ac­tions: The up­com­ing Su­preme Court hear­ing in Mer­ricks...
On 12 and 13 May 2020, the UK’s Su­preme Court will hear Mas­ter­card’s ap­peal in the class ac­tion brought by Wal­ter Hugh Mer­ricks CBE. The ap­peal con­cerns “cer­ti­fic­a­tion hear­ings” un­der the UK’s...
08 April 2020
First COV­ID-19 wrong­ful death suit filed in the US - What are the wider...
It has re­cently been re­por­ted that the first wrong­ful death law­suit has been filed in the United States re­lated to the COV­ID-19 out­break. The case, filed in Cook County Illinois, is be­ing pur­sued by the...
07 April 2020
Em­ploy­er not vi­cari­ously li­able for mass data breach by rogue em­ploy­ee,...
In WM Mor­ris­ons Su­per­mar­ket PLC v Vari­ous Claimants [2020] UK­SC 12, the Su­preme Court has over­turned the Court of Ap­peal de­cision that an em­ploy­er can be vi­cari­ously li­able to mul­tiple claimants for a...
02 March 2020
Car­tel lit­ig­a­tion: im­port­ant rul­ing that lim­it­a­tion can be­gin to ac­crue...
On 25 Feb­ru­ary 2020, the High Court handed down an im­port­ant rul­ing: Gran­ville Tech­no­logy Group Lim­ited (In Li­quid­a­tion) and Oth­ers v Elpida Memory (Europe) Gmbh and Oth­ers [2020] EWHC 415 (Comm). This...
09 October 2019
Data pro­tec­tion and class ac­tions: iPhone users’ claim against Google gets...
Sum­mary Last week the Court of Ap­peal per­mit­ted ser­vice out of the jur­is­dic­tion of an un­usu­al form of class ac­tion against Google (Richard Lloyd v Google LLC [2019] EW­CA Civ 1599), over­turn­ing Warby...