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CMS' leading class action team and unparalleled European structure develops and implements cohesive defence strategies for cross border cases.

Class actions are on the rise in Europe, and corporates are increasingly facing class actions filed in multiple European jurisdictions simultaneously. With the largest European coverage of any major law firm, CMS is uniquely placed to defend these matters robustly, whilst handling reputational and any regulatory issues. 

Class action risk is driven by local procedural law, and the diversity of rules within Europe means that corporates can face a patchwork of opt-in and opt-out claims. This requires a holistic defence strategy to address their specific threats. We identify fault lines and dispositive strategies. Opt-in claims bring particular logistical and practical challenges and our technology-driven practices deliver results whilst maximising efficiences. Opt-out claims are a new phenomenon in Europe, and require different strategies.

Most of all, we recognise that class actions can be board-level events. We support clients throughout the process and pride ourselves on the results we achieve.

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17 November 2020
CMS Dis­putes Talk
In these un­cer­tain times, glob­al busi­nesses in al­most every sec­tor are fa­cing chal­lenges brought about by an un­pre­ced­en­ted op­er­a­tion­al cli­mate. Ac­tions and de­cisions taken dur­ing and im­me­di­ately after...
02 July 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...
23 June 2020
In­ter­na­tion­al Dis­putes Di­gest - Sum­mer Edi­tion 2020
Back to main pageWel­come to the sum­mer edi­tion of our In­ter­na­tion­al Dis­putes Di­gest, a bi-an­nu­al pub­lic­a­tion fea­tur­ing ana­lys­is and com­ment­ary on the key trends cur­rently shap­ing the glob­al dis­pute res­ol­u­tion...
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...