The Belgian Council of Ministers approves draft bills that introduce a collective redress system in Belgian competition law cases

On 13 December 2013, the Belgian Council of Ministers approved two draft Bills that introduce the possibility of collective redress proceedings – so-called class action claims – to recover damages suffered as a result of a breach of Belgian competition law (as well as other kinds of infringements). The draft Bills will allow groups of consumers to collectively seek damages for harm caused by the same misconduct by a company breaching specific areas of law listed in the draft Bills (including Belgian competition law). Until now, end-consumers harmed by competition law infringements very rarely exercised their right to seek damages in Belgium. This is in part because their only option was to individually introduce damages claims before the courts, while – for many end-consumers – the

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  • Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
  • Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)

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Valérie Lefever, Johan Van Acker, The Belgian Council of Ministers approves draft bills that introduce a collective redress system in Belgian competition law cases, 13 December 2013, e-Competitions Bulletin December 2013, Art. N° 63578

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