oa De Rebus - Difficulties in regulating class action litigation - is there a need to articulate the rules? : feature
Children's Resource Centre Trust and Others v Pioneer Food (Pty) Ltd and Others 2013 (2) SA 213 (SCA) was a significant leap forward in the South African jurisprudence of both class actions and litigation in general. The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judgment, penned by Wallis JA, broke judicial ground on two fronts. First, it developed the common law so as to recognise class action claims in all suits (and not just Bill of Rights claims). Second, the judgment went further than any prior case in detailing the procedure that should exist for the administration of class actions in South Africa.
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