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Entrepreneurial Mass Litigation

Balancing the building blocks

Entrepreneurial Mass Litigation
  • Year of publication 2018
  • 430 pages
Author:Ilja Tillema
Category: Law Law (general)
Icon_printbook 978‐94‐6236‐895‐8 | 1st edition | € 79.00

Mass litigation is a relatively new phenomenon in Europe, yet it is gradually developing into an important area of the law. This is incited by the impact on society that mass harm might have, such as the Volkswagen emissions scandal. The past decades have demonstrated an increasing expansion of litigation mechanisms to address various types of mass harm. Meanwhile, commerce-driven parties are mushrooming, incentivised by the potential large earnings that mass litigation provides. Law firms, claim organizations and third-party funders increasingly engage in the already existing mechanisms and explore hidden or new pathways.

This innovation in civil law is two-faced. Entrepreneurial mass litigation might stimulate and improve access to justice and private enforcement, but it can also fuel a compensation culture and encourage abusive behaviour.

This book explores the conditions for assessing the contribution of entrepreneurship to mass litigation, by way of a theoretical and comparative legal study. It aims to contribute to the academic, political and judicial process of weighing and balancing the benefits and drawbacks of entrepreneurial mass litigation.

Author's information

As of 2019, Ilja Tillema works as an assistant professor with the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her teaching and research interests include civil (procedural) law, in particular collective redress and litigation costs and funding. This book is the result of Ilja’s PhD project on entrepreneurial mass litigation, under supervision of Prof. W.H. van Boom and Prof. S.D. Lindenbergh.