The UK House of Commons amends the proposed bill on consumer rights which brings forward a reform of the civil litigation procedures as to facilitate follow-on damages actions in competition cases

Changes to the private litigation regime in the UK: are more collective damages actions on the way?* Private damages litigation is an important complement to public enforcement of UK and EU competition law by the European Commission and national competition authorities (“NCAs”), such as the UK’s newly formed Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”). Whilst there has been a noticeable increase in private litigation seen in the UK courts, whether ‘follow-on’ or ‘standalone actions, this is entirely the result of companies (many not based in the UK) suing for losses suffered as a result of cartels or abusive conduct. Neither small and medium-sized enterprises (“SMEs”) nor individual consumers, have brought actions, due to the absence of appropriate structures for low-cost group or

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Matthew O'Regan, The UK House of Commons amends the proposed bill on consumer rights which brings forward a reform of the civil litigation procedures as to facilitate follow-on damages actions in competition cases, 13 March 2014, e-Competitions Bulletin Economic assessment of damages, Art. N° 66169

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