Global Class Actions

Global Coordination in Class, Consumer and Mass Torts


Our global class actions team is dedicated to serving clients in the complex and evolving global class, consumer, and mass torts landscape. As litigation, legislation, and regulatory activity in the European Union (EU) and elsewhere reshape manufacturing, retail, technology, and other industries, we keep our clients updated on key developments affecting their companies, employees, customers, and suppliers. Our team partners with clients to identify risk and coordinate litigation and investigations across borders to ensure consistency and efficient collaboration across jurisdictions and among foreign counsel. We stay informed to give our clients insight into emerging trends, regulatory changes, and strategies for navigating product liability, consumer risk, and litigation in foreign markets.


Doing business in the global marketplace means staying current on the evolving legal landscape and regulatory changes affecting foreign product manufacturers. No matter where you find yourself in the product life cycle, our team equips you with the necessary knowledge and strategies to help navigate the complexities of doing business in different legal and regulatory environments. With our experience and international partnerships, we are committed to assisting you in achieving successful outcomes in the global coordination of class, consumer, and mass tort actions.
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Risk Assessment and Shifting Litigation Landscape in the European Union

The Collective Redress Directive has the potential to fundamentally alter the EU’s litigation landscape by requiring all EU Member States to implement a collective redress mechanism. This Directive arrives simultaneously with the proposed “digital age” updates to the Product Liability Directive and the anticipated AI Liability Directive. These measures promise to redefine the nature and scope of liability in the EU. These changes pave the way for class actions and mass torts on a scale not seen before in most EU Member States. As a result, consumers now have increased power and access to litigation mechanisms, leading to a surge in class action filings in various EU jurisdictions and a greater concentration of plaintiffs’ firms and third-party litigation funders. 

Our team understands and can address the implications of these developments and how they impact businesses operating in European markets. Moreover, we understand how litigation in one jurisdiction affects and drives litigation and risk in other jurisdictions. We are adept at assisting clients with coordinating litigation and regulatory issues across borders to ensure consistency and efficient collaboration among in-house counsel, U.S. counsel, and foreign outside counsel.

What is the Collective Redress Directive?

It aims to ensure consumer access to procedural mechanisms to enforce EU consumer protection laws in all Member States, safeguard consumer interests, and permit consumers to pursue claims aggregated. Each Member State must enable “qualified entities,” such as consumer organizations and public bodies, to bring representative cases on behalf of consumers against “traders” (e.g., businesses) for violations of any of the 66+ EU laws outlined in the directive. 

U.S. manufacturers and businesses with an international foothold should be aware of the risks posed by the EU Collective Redress Directive. The plaintiffs' bar in Europe sees the economic opportunity; it is becoming increasingly organized, including seeking guidance and collaboration with U.S. plaintiffs’ firms and the class action and mass tort models that plaintiffs’ firms have used in the U.S. for decades. 

Jurisdictions such as the Netherlands and Portugal have emerged as particular hot spots for class actions, and an expansion of mass tort litigation is also on the horizon in the United Kingdom. As these developments pick up pace across the continent, U.S. and international companies should strategically prepare to face a rise in collective actions overseas. 

A Global Focus and Partnerships with European Law Firms

At Faegre Drinker, we understand the importance of comprehensive assistance in global coordination in class, consumer, and mass tort actions. 

With a national footprint in the U.S. and strategic offices in London and Shanghai, we are positioned to meet our client's international business needs and engage with our trusted global networks of firms when their local support is needed. We go where our clients need us and collaborate to support their goals worldwide. 

Our commitment to global reach goes beyond our physical office locations. We have the connections and capabilities to build a top-tier team worldwide. We have created a working group to collaborate with experienced European law firms to ensure broad support for our clients.  This partnership allows us to facilitate relationships between our clients and the most suitable local professionals with the necessary knowledge to navigate the foreign legal landscape. By incorporating local partnerships and knowledge into our global approach, we provide clients with the tailored guidance they need to achieve successful outcomes. 

As a founding Lex Mundi member and the World Law Group member for over three decades, we participate in a combined network of nearly 200 law firms and 40,000 legal advisers in 140 countries. Learn more about our global networks here.

Cross-Border Coordination in Canada

Our team has decades of experience working with trusted networks of Canadian lawyers to coordinate product liability litigation in Canada and the U.S.  We understand that there are fundamental differences between the two legal systems in terms of procedure and exposure. Still, we know that neither of these legal systems operates in a vacuum.  Many mass tort actions that start in one country eventually cross the border, and coordinating these actions poses unique challenges. Our team understands how these two legal landscapes influence one another and diverge. We understand that careful coordination of cross-border litigation is essential to manage risk and exposure effectively.  We partner with Canadian counsel to provide consistent, efficient, and effective litigation and risk management strategies for our clients facing individual, mass tort, and class action claims. 

Insights & Events


最新 December 2023

EU Reaches Legislative Deal on Proposed ‘Digital Age’ Updates to Product Liability Directive

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发表文章 November 2023

How The Netherlands Became a Hub for EU Class Actions

1 min read  
Blog Post October 2023

EU’s Proposed Product Liability Directive – More Trick than Treat?

Faegre Drinker on Products Blog
1 min read  
发表文章 September 2023

EU Directive Implementation Facilitates Class Action Shift

1 min read  
Blog Post June 2023

Enforcement of Representative Actions is Here

Faegre Drinker on Products Blog
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最新 May 2023

EU Publishes General Product Safety Regulation – Full Enforcement to Commence in December 2024

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