The Italian Parliament reforms the legal framework governing class actions to extend the period which class members can opt-in and provides more generous rules on standing

New Rules Governing Expanded Class Action Lawsuits in Italy to Take Effect on April 19, 2020 The old thinking that class actions are only a threat in the US is history. The latest European example is Italy, where on April 3, 2019, the Italian Parliament enacted legislation amending the laws governing class action lawsuits. The new Italian class action system will go into effect on April 19, 2020 — i.e. , one year after the official publication of the new law. While the new system has numerous effects on class action litigations, the most critical changes relate to standing and rules governing class membership and administration. Companies doing business in Italy should be aware that they may face class action lawsuits from a broader range of plaintiffs related to violations falling

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