The introduction of consumer class actions in France

Published On 09/10/2014 | By Peta Stevenson | Consumer protection, Litigation

On 1 October 2014, a new class action regime came into effect in France, which permits duly authorised consumer associations to commence proceedings requesting damages for individual harm suffered by consumers placed in a similar or identical situation as a result of  anti-competitive practices.

On the same day as the legislation was passed, the leading authorised consumer association published a press release stating that it will be bringing a class action against a national real estate agency and claiming damages of €44 million further to a judgment on 3 December 2013 that established a breach of the prohibition to invoice fees for rent receipts.

Read more about the new class action regime in the article published by our EU, Competition and Regulatory team here.

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About The Author

is a partner in the Sydney office of King & Wood Mallesons where she specialises in competition litigation with experience in a wide range of jurisdictions. Peta also advises clients on the application of the anti-competitive conduct, consumer protection and access provisions of the Competition & Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) and related state legislation. In 2001/02 she undertook her LLM at the University of Cambridge, during which time she developed a passionate if fleeting interest in rowing.

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