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The International Comparative Legal Guide to Class & Group Actions 2014

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03-10-2013

On 17 December 2009, Poland enacted a law providing a specific procedure for handling group actions: the Act on Pursuing Claims in Group Proceedings. The Act came into force on 19 July 2010. It is a step forward in the process of unifying Polish law with European Union law. The Act is consistent with the European Approach to Collective Redress.

The group action procedure applies only to the following areas of law/sectors: (i) consumer protection cases; (ii) product liability cases; and (iii) tort cases, excluding personal rights protection, e.g. defamation. The procedure provides for the management of claims by means of a group action whereby related claims of the same type are managed together. Court decisions on these claims must enumerate all members along with their respective claims, since a decision with respect to the claim of one member does not automatically create a binding precedent for other group members.

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Source: Iwo Gabrysiak, The International Comparative Legal Guide to Class & Group Actions 2014

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