Multi-Party Actions occur when a significant number of claimants have similar or closely related claims which arise from the same event. These types of group actions are becoming far more regularly used in the UK as they offer individuals strength in numbers and savings on legal costs.
Broadly speaking they fall into three categories:
- Sudden disasters such as personal injury or fatal accident claims, including damage to property
- Rolling claims which are claims arising from a single cause such as an allegedly defective drug or product
- Consumer Claims where the claims are related to defective goods or services, personal injury or financial loss, such as mis-sold endowment policies
Group Litigation is the term used in the UK to describe what are also known as Multi-Party Actions or Class Actions in other jurisdictions. Find out more about our Group Litigation here.