Modern trade disregards borders, but the law is not so easygoing. In today’s world, no trade can take place without the law because there is no trade without a contract. Consequently, there are some goods that circulate freely, but the obligations that arise as a result of their trade are not so trouble-free. Markets will be unsettled as long as the presence and size of these barriers are unpredictable. Issues related to the collective and cross-border exercise of consumer rights are an excellent example. In this study, Option consommateurs does an initial survey of the issues related to the proliferation of cross-border class action suits. It begins with a look at the perspective of Canadian consumers. Given the nature of the issue and in an effort to find inspiration, a brief review of selected foreign legal systems seemed appropriate. However, Option consommateurs discovered that outside the United States and Canada, there is not much to study at this time and explains why.
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OCA Funded ResearchThis research received funding support through the Office of Consumer Affairs' Contributions Program.
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Source: Consumer Policy Research Database