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  5. <title>FSFE provides input to EC on collective redress</title>
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  8. <h1>FSFE provides input to EC on collective redress</h1>
  9. <p>On Friday, Free Software Foundation
  10. Europe asked the European Commission to create a legal
  11. avenue for citizens seeking collective redress against
  12. companies. In its <a
  13. href="https://download.fsfe.org/policy/letters/20110429.CollectiveRedress.Response.FSFE.pdf">
  14. contribution</a> to a <a
  15. href="http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/redress_cons/collective_redress_en.htm#cr">public
  16. consultation</a> by the
  17. Commision, FSFE argues that consumers should be able to join
  18. forces in order to defend their rights against harmful business
  19. practices. </p>
  20. <p>"Collective redress" is a legal concept which allows
  21. citizens and businesses that are individually harmed by
  22. illegal behaviour of a given company to bundle their
  23. claims in a single procedure. Not only does this simplify
  24. the process and reduce costs. Since starting a lawsuit on
  25. a personal basis carries great financial risks, for most
  26. citizens collective redress is also the only realistic
  27. path to take legal action against bad business practices.
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  30. Being concerned with numerous complaints over pre-installed
  31. Microsoft Windows operating system, FSFE has provided the EC with
  32. its vision of the main principles for a collective redress
  33. procedure which would make it easier and more effective for
  34. consumers to act against monopolistic marketing practices.
  35. </p>
  36. <p>
  37. In March, FSFE <a href="/news/2011/news-20110321-01.en.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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