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RODRIGUEZ DIEZ, Javier Esteban  and  ZAVALA ACHURRA, María Elisa. Restitution and Compensation to Indeterminate Individuals, Cy-Près and Class Actions. Estud. Socio-Juríd [online]. 2019, vol.21, n.1, pp.151-176. ISSN 0124-0579.  http://dx.doi.org/10.12804/revistas.urosario.edu.co/sociojuridicos/a.7028.

This article offers a historical and comparative perspective on the possibility of admitting class actions in favor of indeterminate individuals. The starting point for this analysis is the common law's cy-près doctrine, showing its application to class actions and the objections that it has faced. A contrast is then drawn with civil law jurisdictions, where the possibility of compensating indeterminate individuals has receded in the course of time, giving place to a system predominantly based on public enforcement. Finally, a critical view of the recent introduction of the cy-près doctrine in Latin-American jurisdictions is offered, on account of their failure to draw some basic precautions from the comparative experience.

Keywords : Class actions; absent class members; cy-près doctrine; fluid recovery.

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