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The Reform of Class and Representative Actions in European Legal Systems: A New Framework for Collective Redress in Europe

Christopher Hodges. The Reform of Class and Representative Actions in European Legal Systems: A New Framework for Collective Redress in Europe Authors:Christopher Hodges.
Publisher:Hart Publishing
Year:2008
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Pages:320
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Price:950 rub.
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Book Summary:
This book examines the principal trends and policy goals relating to collective redress mechanisms in Europe. It identifies three principal areas in which procedures and debates have emerged: within consumer protection and competition law, and from some national court systems. It identifies differing national models of public and private enforcement in consumer protection law in the Member States, and the search for more efficient and inclusive procedures that would deliver increased access to justice and enhanced compliance with desired standards (arguably through deterrence). A sequence of case studies illustrates the pros and cons of differing models. Lessons are also drawn from the experience of class actions in the USA over the transactional costs of private law mechanisms, and adverse economic consequences. The various policy strands are unravelled and prioritised, and options for the future are recommended. The American 'private enforcement' model is contrasted with the more...

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