The use of securities class actions is gaining favor in other legal systems. In an interesting article entitled "The Rise of Shareholder Class Actions in Australia" (via mondaq.com - free regist. req'd), an Australian attorney discusses the legal, regulatory, and environmental changes that have led to a spate of recent cases against Australian companies. He also compares the U.S. and Australian systems.
Quote of note: "There is an ever popular view among regulators and academics that shareholder class actions should be encouraged in order to supplement the often slow-moving cogs of government enforcement with much speedier private actions. Private enforcement is frequently more intimidating to corporations, particularly in the case of shareholder class actions which can aggregate the claims of thousands or even millions of shareholder and thereby significant increase a corporationís legal exposure in comparison with the relatively meagre statutory fines that attach to corporate misfeasance."