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<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
href="https://download.fsfe.org/policy/letters/20110429.CollectiveRedress.Response.FSFE.pdf">
contribution</a> to a <a
href="http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/redress_cons/collective_redress_en.htm#cr">public
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.
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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.
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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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