The UK Competition Authority publishes a discussion paper on encouraging private actions in competition law cases

On 18 April 2007, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) published a discussion paper on encouraging private actions in competition law cases. Despite increasing numbers of Article 81 and 82 cases, there have been relatively few successful claims for damages by affected customers. This discussion paper proposes ways to encourage the development of such private actions and adds to the debate which is taking place across Europe. The OFT focuses mainly on two aspects: measures that could reduce the cost of bringing privately enforced cases in front of the court and how to reduce potential undesirable effects of private enforcement. In terms of reducing the costs, the key focus is to allow consumers and businesses to bring ‘representative actions'. The idea behind these claims is that if

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Fernando Dominguez, The UK Competition Authority publishes a discussion paper on encouraging private actions in competition law cases, 18 avril 2007, e-Competitions April 2007, Art. N° 13631

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