We all hope that the predictions about the spread and seriousness of COVID-19 (coronavirus) prove to be unfounded. Whatever course the development of the virus takes, many of the measures that have been taken or are under consideration by governments, businesses and other organisations are already having or will have a significant effect on commercial relationships and commercial life generally.
This is not a class action: proposed directive to introduce group actions across the EU gaining momentum
Jamie Humphreys and Tracey Bischofberger
The EU has been pushing ahead with proposed new legislation to introduce representative actions across the EU. The proposed new EU-wide rules will apply to infringements of a broad range of EU laws that harm the collective interests of consumers including in the areas of consumer rights, data protection, product liability and product safety.
A recent decision by the English courts has confirmed that litigation privilege is available for criminal investigations
Product manufacturers risk a significant increase in European-style “class actions” if proposals to amend the draft “New Deal for Consumers” are adopted.
The Court of Appeal has refused an appeal by victims of post-election violence in Kenya to impose liability on the parent company of the tea plantation where they worked.
The Supreme Court has recently confirmed that an asymptomatic physiological change caused by an employer’s negligence can constitute an actionable personal injury, thus overturning previous decisions of the High Court and Court of Appeal.