In its ruling of 17 March 2016, the Belgian Constitutional Court has decided that the Belgian Class Action Law is partially annulled for being discriminatory vis-à-vis European consumer protection organizations.

As a result, the Belgian legislature must review the Class Action Law. Nevertheless, in the meantime, the Constitutional Court decided that Belgian judges have to immediately take into consideration this ruling in order to assess the admissibility of a class representative in Belgium and, in any event, have to declare admissible any organization listed by the EU Commission under article 4(3) of EU Directive 2009/22/EU.

A complete overview of this ruling and its implications will follow.