13 April 2022

Unlocking the WAMCA: a practical guide to the new collective action regime in the Netherlands

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Collective actions and settlements are on the rise globally. Claim organisations are bringing more and more suits relating to an increasingly wide range of alleged breaches of law: from data protection to consumer law, from competition to environmental law.

The Netherlands has proven to be an attractive jurisdiction for claimants seeking collective redress. That appeal has only grown after the Resolution of Mass Damage in Collective Action Act (known as the WAMCA) went into effect on 1 January 2020. The WAMCA has transformed the Dutch collective action regime by allowing claims for monetary damages, introducing stricter admissibility requirements, and amending the procedure.

Just over two years after its introduction, the WAMCA still leads to many issues and even more questions. To provide some much needed clarity, Daan Beenders, Dennis Horeman and Machteld de Monchy gathered their team of experienced mass claim litigators and drafted a practical guide. In it, they outline the key elements of the WAMCA and explain its application in practice, drawing on case law and De Brauw's ample experience on both sides of collective disputes.

Unlocking the WAMCA: a practical guide to the new collective action regime in the Netherlands can be downloaded here. Hard copies are also available. If you would like to receive one or want to be kept informed about our WAMCA Master Class that will take place later this year, please reach out to one of the experts listed below.