CJEU Advocate General Opinion Restricts the Use of Regulation 44/2001 to Bring Consumer Class Actions

On 14 November 2017 Advocate General Bobek issued his opinion on the case C-498/16, Schrems v. Facebook Ireland Limited. In his opinion: “On the basis of Article 16(1) of Regulation No 44/2001 a consumer cannot invoke, at the same time as his own claims, claims on the same subject assigned by other consumers domiciled in other places of the same Member State, in other Member States or in non-member States” The preliminary ruling arose out from a claim brought by Mr. Schrems, domiciled in Austria, against Facebook, domiciled in Ireland, in which it was alleged...

The European Commission’s Collective Actions Proposal: Potential Policy and Legislative Developments on Spanish Collective Damages Actions

I. European CommissionThe Commission’s Collective Actions Report and Proposal. On 22 May 2017, the European Commission launched the “Call for evidence on the operation of collective redress arrangements in the Member States of the European Union” (the “CFE”). The CFE came on the back of the Commission’s Recommendation, of 11 June 2013, (the “Recommendation”) which set out a number of common principles regarding collective actions which the Commission recommended Member States to implement by 26 July 2015. In a speech last 28 September 2017, EU Justice Commissioner Ms. Vera Jourova announced that the CFE will...