The UK Parliament extends the Competition Appeal Tribunal’s jurisdiction and powers to hear competition damages cases

United Kingdom: Consumer Rights Act 2015 introduces new procedures for competition litigation, including collective follow-on damages actions* On 1 October 2015, the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (“CRA 2015”) entered into force. The CRA 2015 makes numerous changes to consumer rights laws in the United Kingdom. Of particular interest to competition practitioners and litigators are the provisions on private actions in competition law, contained in section 81 of and Schedule 8 to the CRA 2015. These are likely to change the face of competition litigation in the United Kingdom, whether brought by commercial entities or groups of consumers. They have been described in the media as introducing “US-style class actions law suits”; whilst this is undoubtedly somewhat hyperbolic, it is clear that

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Matthew O'Regan, The UK Parliament extends the Competition Appeal Tribunal’s jurisdiction and powers to hear competition damages cases, 1 October 2015, e-Competitions Bulletin October 2015, Art. N° 75904

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