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The Global Class Actions Exchange is a companion to a series of international conferences on the worldwide spread of class actions, group proceedings and other forms of collective litigation that have been organized by Stanford Law School, the Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, and Tilburg University. Since 2007, academicians, judges and lawyers interested in class actions and group litigation have gathered in Oxford, England (2007/2008); Sydney, Australia (2009); Miami, USA (2010); and the Hague, the Netherlands (2011), to share information and perspectives on the evolution of these new forms of litigation in their home countries. The Exchange is directed by Prof. Deborah Hensler of Stanford Law School.  (more...)

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Additional materials and updated reports will be added on a continuing basis. If you would like to contribute material to post on the Global Class Actions Exchange, please contact Professor Deborah Hensler at dhensler@stanford.edu.

What's Going On In Poland? An Update on Class Actions and Litigation Funding

Our friends Magdalena Tulibacka and Radoslaw Goral send this description of developments in Poland. Since its inception a little more than a year ago, some 40 class actions have been filed in Poland, virtually all against public entities.

New Materials on Italian Class Actions and Group Litigation

An embarrassment of riches today on developments regarding Italian class actions. Prof. Elisabetta Silvestri, of the University of Pavia, shares a paper on the cultural dimensions of group litigation and Giulia Principe, who visited Stanford Law School last year, contributes a paper detailing the success -- or lack thereof -- of recent class actions.

New Research by Prof. Vince Morabito Finds Class Actions Play Important Role in Australian Worker Rights Litigation

Our colleague Prof. Vincenzo Morabito of Monarsh University (Melbourne, Australia) continues to publish fascinating empirical findings on the uses of class actions in the federal court of Australia and the Victoria state court. This material was first published by Sweet & Maxwell in J Caruana and V Morabito, "Australian Unions - the Unknown Class Action Protagonists" (2011) 30 Civil Justice Quarterly 382 and is reproduced by agreement with the Publishers.
 

Mexican Class Action Provisions Published

Our colleagues Prof. Manuel Gomez and Eugenio Cardenas have shared the news that the new Mexican Class Action Regulations have been published in the Mexico Federal Gazette, the last stage in the statutory process. The class action provisions will become effective in six months. We expect to post an English language summary of the provisions shortly. In the meantime, those of you who read Spanish can find the details at this link.

German KapMuG extended

Our colleague Prof. Axel Halfmeier shared this note on the extension of the German KapMuG procedure.

5th Annual International Conference on the Globalization of Class Actions Focuses on "Facts on the Ground"

On Dec.8 - 9, more than 100 judges, lawyers and academicians came together in the beautiful Raad van State to share information and perspectives on the evolution of class actions and group litigation procedures world-wide. In her opening address, Prof.

Lehman Brothers Litigation Against Citibank Belgium: An Update

Global Class Action Exchange member Stefaan Voet (U. Ghent) reports the recent settlement of mass litigation arising out of the Lehman Brothers collapse.

Current Shareholders' Claims Issues

John Walker of IMF (Australia) Ltd sends this overview of the status of third-party funding for shareholders claims in that country.