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Old 10-04-2005, 12:33 PM   #1
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Online Lawsuits Fuel Debate in France

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Attorney Jean-Marc Goldnadel knew he was going to make waves when he launched classaction.fr _ a French Web site that lets users sign up to lawsuits online for as little as 12 euros ($14.50).

Sure enough, the site has ruffled France's traditionalist establishment and raised the temperature of a debate on government plans to let plaintiffs file U.S.-style class actions in French courts.

But Maitre Goldnadel underestimated the backlash, and even several consumer groups are trying to shut him down. A verdict is due next month on their court challenge, the second against the site, and the Paris Bar Council is scouring its pages for ethics breaches.

Opponents of the government's plans have also seized on classaction.fr as evidence that a class action law would encourage the kind of "excesses" that the United States is now trying to curb: ambulance- chasing lawyers, ruinous damages awards and spurious lawsuits used to blackmail companies into settlements.
Are more lawsuits a solution? Or should we make access to the legal system even easier?
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We have way too many lawsuits in the U.S. I don't know about France.
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Class action lawsuits are often misused as a tool to extract $$ from corporations. Using the internet to further the use of this practice is bad policy. Even the French realize the detriment of a litigious society.
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Even the French realize the detriment of a litigious society.
EVEN the French? interesting way to put it
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EVEN the French? interesting way to put it


yes ... aren't we not supposed to make generalizations about conservative Christians?

or does this not apply to the French?



(sort of kidding, but you get my point)
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EVEN the French? interesting way to put it
In contrast to how people in the US don't get it.
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