Collective redress, group litigation orders (GLOs)… however it is dressed up, it amounts to the same thing: class action. And it is an arena taking the legal profession by storm.
We have had the JJB Sports fiasco over the football shirts, the BA and Virgin cargo fuel charges and US law firm Cohen Milstein Hausfeld & Toll failing to bring a class action against the supermarkets over price-fixing of dairy products.
Several City firms, including DLA Piper, have set up class action defence practices in response to the changing climate, which looks like there could be more rights for the consumer on the horizon.
This Class Actions Special Report examines how GLOs can work effectively in the UK provided there is proper funding. In addition, log on to TheLawyer.com for an an additional report that poses the question of whether the European collective action directive will have any real impact.