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<title>FSFE provides input to EC on collective redress</title>
<h1>FSFE provides input to EC on collective redress</h1>
<p>On Friday, Free Software Foundation
Europe asked the European Commission to create a legal
avenue for citizens seeking collective redress against
companies. In its <a
contribution</a> to a <a
consultation</a> by the
Commision, FSFE argues that consumers should be able to join
forces in order to defend their rights against harmful business
practices. </p>
<p>"Collective redress" is a legal concept which allows
citizens and businesses that are individually harmed by
illegal behaviour of a given company to bundle their
claims in a single procedure. Not only does this simplify
the process and reduce costs. Since starting a lawsuit on
a personal basis carries great financial risks, for most
citizens collective redress is also the only realistic
path to take legal action against bad business practices.
Being concerned with numerous complaints over pre-installed
Microsoft Windows operating system, FSFE has provided the EC with
its vision of the main principles for a collective redress
procedure which would make it easier and more effective for
consumers to act against monopolistic marketing practices.
In March, FSFE <a href="/news/2011/news-20110321-01.html">announced its support</a> for the class action sought by Italian consumers association ADUC against Microsoft's persistent failure to reimburse unwanted operating system licenses which consumers had acquired together with computers.
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