The UK Parliament adopts the Consumer Rights Act to boost private enforcement of competition law

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Introduction On 1 October 2015 the Consumer Rights Act 2015 [1] entered into force. This reforms and consolidates consumer protection laws in the UK but also - significantly from a litigation perspective - provides a mechanism for a form of “class action” to be brought for the first time in the UK. The new regime will allow representative litigants to apply to the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) for “certification” (i.e. approval) to bring proceedings for damages on an “opt out” basis on behalf of a class of claimants (with the exception of those that expressly elect not to be included in the class). Although the new mechanism will be limited to competition law claims, it is likely to have a significant impact on litigation risk by increasing the scope for consumers and small businesses

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  • Norton Rose Fulbright (London)
  • Norton Rose Fulbright (London)
  • Norton Rose Fulbright (London)

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Peter Scott, James Flett, Mark Simpson, The UK Parliament adopts the Consumer Rights Act to boost private enforcement of competition law, 1 October 2015, e-Competitions October 2015, Art. N° 76611

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