Consumer Action has provided comment to the Parliamentary Joint Committee’s inquiry, Litigation funding and the regulation of the class action industry (Class Action Inquiry).
Class actions provide Australians a valuable mechanism for accessing justice where systematic or repetitive conduct by the same party has caused similar harm to numerous individuals. Class actions also provide a substantive deterrent against wrongdoing where the of likelihood a single individual taking legal action may be low, and reduce the burden that running multiple cases separately would place upon the courts and legal system.
Our submission comments on the current class action process from a consumer perspective, and recommends reforms that would help protect the rights of consumers, particularly those who experience vulnerability.
Read the Submission here (PDF) or below: