Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas, Vol. 151, 2004
215 Pages Posted: 23 May 2006 Last revised: 15 Dec 2012
This is a book written in Spanish on class action suits in civil law systems, with especial examination of the institutions of Brazil.
After a brief introduction, the second chapter reviews differences in the legal systems of Brazil and the United States, focusing on general aspects of civil procedure and class action suits.
The third chapter provides a history of the Brazilian class action movement, as well as remarks on the uncertain future of that movement. Chapter four reviews the concept of a class action and examines the distinctions between a class action and a collective action.
The fifth chapter examines the different types of group rights protected by class actions, such as diffuse, collective, and individual rights.
Chapter six discusses incompatibilities between concepts of individual civil rights and collective rights and reports on Brazil's experiences.
Chapter seven examines the ways in which these seeming incompatibilities may be reconciled, including potential legislative remedies and an exploration of Brazil's approach to reconciling them.
Chapter eight discusses issues of lis pendens in class actions. The ninth and final chapter is the conclusion.
The appendix is the Class Action Model Code in Spanish, Portuguese, and English.
This book is the translation of the article Class Actions in Brazil published in English in The American Journal of Comparative Law.
Keywords: Brazil, class action, civil law system, Public Civil Action Act, Consumer Code, mass torts, res judicata, lis pendens, collective litigation, collective standing, group rights
JEL Classification: K13, K00, K40, K49
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Gidi, Antonio, Las Acciones Colectivas Y La Tutela De Los Derechos Difusos, Colectivos Individuales En Brasil: Un Modelo Para Países De Derecho Civil (Class Actions in Brazil -- a Model for Civil Law Countries) [Spanish]. Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas, Vol. 151, 2004; U of Houston Law Center No. 2006-A-14. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=903775