France: class action lawsuits become legal, first ready

Consumers' association sues on behalf of 318,000 tenants

01 October, 11:35

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS, OCTOBER 1 - A law introducing class action lawsuits came into effect Wednesday in France, giving consumer groups the right to file a joint lawsuit against a company. As soon as the new legislation became official, a consumers' association - Ufc-Que Choisir - announced it was ready to file the first such lawsuit on behalf of 318,000 tenants.

    The association is suing a company providing real estate services, Foncia, claiming it made 44 million euros by charging tenants with the expense of sending receipts - a practice which, according to a civil court ruling, is illegal.(ANSAmed).

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