The UK High Court renders a judgment regarding a cartel damages settlement exploring what “collateral defence” means (W.H. Newson Holding / IMI)

Settling cartel damages actions: contribution defendants beware* Anyone who has ever tried to settle a cartel damages case will know that the law relating to settlements is fraught with difficulty. The recent judgment of the High Court in IMI Plc v Delta Ltd [2015] EWHC 1676 (Ch) highlights some of the problems. The basic position was fairly typical. The original claimants (“C”) were companies which claimed to have suffered damage as a result of a cartel among manufacturers of copper fittings. They sued one of the cartelists, “D1” (IMI), seeking full damages on a joint and several basis. D1 then sued another cartelist, “D2” (Delta), for a contribution under the Civil Liability (Contribution) Act 1978. C then settled with D1, leaving D1 to

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Tristan Jones, The UK High Court renders a judgment regarding a cartel damages settlement exploring what “collateral defence” means (W.H. Newson Holding / IMI), 16 June 2015, e-Competitions June 2015, Art. N° 74077

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