Vos J incredulous as 11 firms file 50 more phone-hacking claims

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  • I do not understand why Vos J regards the number of firms as "unbelievable". People are allowed to choose their own solicitors, after all.

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  • ambulance chasers!

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  • Don't blame the Court users Geoffrey. Blame your colleagues, who continue to refuse to introduce opt-out class action procedures that would facilitate actions such as this one. Use this experience now to explain to your paymasters and colleagues why opt-out class action is the model for the future: for example, the Court can order which solicitor gets the rights to lead the class in the action.

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  • Anonymous@1:38pm, I think the introduction of an opt-out class action procedure would require primary legislation, not just amendments to the CPR by the Rules Committee (which body is what I assume you meant by "colleagues"), especially when one remembers what the consequence of an opt-out procedure is - if you do not consciously opt out, you cannot bring your own action in the future. In any event, an opt-out class action procedure must give rise to interesting questions about compliance with Article 6, ECHR.

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