Contracting-Out of Class Action Litigation: Lessons from the United States

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dc.contributor.author Chamberlain, Nicole en
dc.date.accessioned 2019-03-10T21:06:53Z en
dc.date.issued 2018 en
dc.identifier.issn 1173-5864 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/45886 en
dc.description.abstract The area of class action litigation has been relatively dormant in New Zealand. As a result, the procedural regime for managing class action litigation is developing in an ad hoc manner through judicial discretion. However, recent developments suggest that class action litigation is on the rise in New Zealand. In contrast, class action litigation is declining in the United States. In the face of procedural and substantive uncertainty, New Zealand corporate defendants, like their American counterparts, are likely to pursue other avenues such as class action litigation waivers in arbitration agreements to control management of legal disputes. However, New Zealand should not follow in the footsteps of the United States by enforcing waivers in arbitration agreements to curtail class action litigation. This article explains why corporate defendants are likely to pursue class action litigation waivers in arbitration agreements, the undesirable outcome if class action litigation is prohibited by contractual waivers, and how the judiciary can prevent the enforcement of those contractual waivers. This article also addresses why class action legislative reform is required to provide corporate defendants with a certain and transparent procedural alternative to arbitration in resolving disputes. Civil procedure provides the framework which enables substantive rights to be vindicated. New Zealand class action litigation procedure needs legislative reform so that procedure does not impinge on parties’ substantive rights. en
dc.description.uri https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3171282 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries New Zealand Law Review en
dc.rights Items in ResearchSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated. Previously published items are made available in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. en
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dc.title Contracting-Out of Class Action Litigation: Lessons from the United States en
dc.type Journal Article en
pubs.issue 3 en
pubs.begin-page 371 en
pubs.volume 2018 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
pubs.author-url https://catalogue.library.auckland.ac.nz/permalink/f/1v9lq2o/uoa_alma21126068970002091 en
pubs.end-page 427 en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/RestrictedAccess en
pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 760125 en
pubs.org-id Law en
pubs.org-id Faculty Administration Law en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2019-01-24 en


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