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Mass Claims in The Netherlands

  • Novo Justice Blog by Colin Rule

    “The Dutch ‘Class Action (Financial Settlement) Act’ (‘WCAM’)

    The Dutch ‘Class Action (Financial Settlement) Act [WCAM] came into operation in the
    Netherlands on 27 July 2005.

    These new rules enable the effective and efficient settlement of
    mass damages claims. They provide a facility whereby an agreement which provides for the
    settlement of a mass damages claim, and which is concluded between an organisation
    championing the interests of those who have sustained a loss and the responsible party or
    parties, may be declared binding by the court in relation to the entire group of victims. These
    victims can then arrange for payment of their losses by virtue of the agreement. The Dutch
    Act appears to have been a success during the brief period of its existence. Virtually all of the
    parties – courts, lawyers, interest groups, those who caused the losses in the first place and
    academics – are enthusiastic about the Act and the possibilities it offers. Now that the topic of
    ‘mass damages’ is high on the European agenda, it seems an appropriate time to provide
    information to those who might be interested inthe background and contents of the Act, as
    well as in the initial experiences of involved parties with respect to the Act. This is all the
    more relevant because the Act opts for a collective settlement as the route for resolving mass
    damage claims – a unique approach in Europe, but one which seems to explain the success of
    the Act… “


    Colin Rule

    Colin Rule is CEO of Resourceful Internet Solutions, Inc. ("RIS"), home of,,, and a number of additional leading online dispute resolution initiatives.  From 2017 to 2020, Colin was Vice President for Online Dispute Resolution at Tyler Technologies. Tyler acquired, an ODR provider that Colin co-founded,… MORE >

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