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It appears U.S.-style “class action” justice is coming to Europe, even as the United States moves away from the pro-plaintiff model.

The new regime in the United States is exemplified by the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (CAFA), which moves large class action lawsuits (i.e., those involving more than $5 million in claimed damages) out of plaintiff-leaning state courts–where many judges are elected–and into the more conservative federal courts where judges are appointed by the President and confirmed by the United States Senate.

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