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The new “Hamon Law” introducing French class actions

Melanie Thill-Tayara, Marta G. Asins, and Arnaud Sanz, Norton Rose Fulbright, Publications, July 2014

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In order to balance the powers of economic stakeholders, France has adopted a new consumer law, popularly known as the “Hamon Law”. The new statute, adopted by the French Parliament on 13 February 2014, was validated on 13 March 2014 by the French Constitutional Council, which left standing most of the provisions that have an impact on competition and distribution law. The law was formally promulgated on 18 March 2014, by publication in the Official Journal, although certain of its provisions will only enter into force subsequently, either on a date specified in the law or once certain implementing decrees are promulgated.

The most significant aspects of the Hamon Law are (i) the introduction of the class action, (ii) the extension of powers of agents of the French Competition Authority (FCA) and the Ministry of the Economy, and (iii) new provisions, which strengthen the framework of commercial relationships.

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