Class Action in UK Law

  • M and Another v London Borough of Newham and Others; X and Others v Bedfordshire County Council
    • House of Lords
    • 29 Jun 1995
    ....... . 4 Where a statute confers a private law right of action a breach of statutory duty howsoever caused will found the action. Where a .... . 14 Private law claims for damages can be classified into four different categories, viz: . (A) ......
  • Thompson v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 19 Feb 1997
    ...... for them to award a plaintiff who is successful in this type of action. As similar appeals are pending any guidance given by us on this subject ... in this judgement, it is now open to judges to give juries in this class of action more detailed guidance as to damages than has been the practice ......
  • White and Another v Jones and Another
    • House of Lords
    • 16 Feb 1995
    ...... to obtain the benefit, the plaintiffs would have had no cause of action against Mr. Jones for breach of contract, because English law does not ... have to be extended to cases in which wide, even indeterminate, classes of persons could be said to have been adversely affected. . . ......
  • A v B Plc and Another
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 11 Mar 2002
    ...... 1998 ("the 1998 Act") there has been an increase in the number of actions in which injunctions are being sought to protect the claimants from the ... these constraints of time, the applications for injunctions in this class of action are frequently marked by the citation of very large numbers of ......
  • HM Revenue and Customs v Total Network SL
    • House of Lords
    • 12 Mar 2008
    ...... is whether it is open to the Commissioners to maintain a cause of action in damages at common law as a means of recovering VAT from a person who ...That was the deep suspicion which the governing class had, in Georgian and Victorian England, of collective action in the ......
  • M'Alister or Donoghue (Pauper) v Stevenson
    • House of Lords
    • 26 May 1932
    ...... gun exploded in the son's hands and he was held to have a right of action in tort against the gunmaker. How far it is from the present case can be ... words "a peculiar duty" as meaning a duty peculiar to the special class of subject mentioned. . . 18 Of the remaining cases George v. ......
  • Investors Compensation Scheme Ltd v West Bromwich Building Society
    • House of Lords
    • 19 Jun 1997
    ...... document, 'Third Party Claim' means any right, claim or cause of action which the claimant has or may have against any person other than the ... to the Secretary of State to be representative of, or of any class of, authorised persons; (b) establish a fund out of which compensation is ......
  • Caparo Industries Plc v Dickman
    • House of Lords
    • 08 Feb 1990
    ....... . 3 The action in which this appeal arises is one in which Caparo alleges that the ..., whilst auditors might owe statutory duties to shareholders as a class, there was no common law duty to individual shareholders such as would ......
  • Adams v Cape Industries Plc
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 27 Jul 1989
    ...... contributed, on an appeal by the plaintiffs in 205 consolidated actions. On 27th July 1988, Scott J. dismissed all their claims. The trial in the ... commenced in the Tyler Court in January 1974 and was framed as a "class" action in which the plaintiffs sued on "behalf of themselves and all ......
  • Berger v Eli Lilly & Company
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 28 Aug 1992
    ...... that the limitation provisions should not apply to any of these actions. The plaintiffs concerned in the first judgment had been selected from a ... made available a global sum to be distributed amongst a defined class, the claim for membership of which raised one of the issues for ......
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