The UK Court of Appeal overturns a Competition Appeal Tribunal’s decision refusing a £14 billion class action against a credit card company (Merricks / Mastercard)

Introduction Few would argue with the proposition that antitrust indirect purchaser class actions in the U.S. raise more difficult questions of commonality, impact, and manageability than direct purchaser class actions, even though there may have been harm sustained at both levels. Accordingly, and particularly as a result of the Supreme Court’s 1977 Illinois Brick [1] decision generally prohibiting indirect purchaser damage actions under federal law, indirect purchaser class actions usually are not certified for class treatment under Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (“Rule 23”). Moreover, even in those states that have antitrust statutes allowing indirect purchaser actions, such suits often have been denied class certification. In a recent article, Makan Delrahim, the

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Michael D. Hausfeld, Irving Scher, The UK Court of Appeal overturns a Competition Appeal Tribunal’s decision refusing a £14 billion class action against a credit card company (Merricks / Mastercard) , 16 avril 2019, e-Competitions April 2019, Art. N° 96552

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