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The ultimate rejection (for the time being...) of class actions under French law

January 2012

Paris International Litigation Bulletin no. 2

After years of discussions, the introduction of class actions in France recently faced two major rejections: one from the French Supreme Court and the other from the French Government. A ruling of the French Supreme Court has indeed imposed a very strict interpretation of the conditions for an association to act on behalf of consumers in the scope of a joint representation action. In addition, many times postponed, the introduction of class actions à la française has once again been rejected by the French Government in 2011.

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