The UK Supreme Court lowers the bar for certification of class actions when giving its judgment against a financial services company (Merricks / Mastercard)

In a key decision, the UK Supreme Court has given guidance on the threshold for certifying a class action for breach of competition law. The Court’s judgment in Mastercard v Merricks will make it easier to obtain class certification and will likely encourage a significant increase in class actions in the UK. On 11 December 2020 the UK Supreme Court gave judgment in Mastercard v Merricks. The appeal is the first time the Supreme Court has considered the test for whether a class action should be certified. The UK class action regime, which applies to claims for breach of competition law, allows opt-out or opt-in class actions and was introduced in 2015. The

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  • Hogan Lovells (London)
  • Hogan Lovells (London)
  • Hogan Lovells (London)

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Henry Gafsen, Nicholas Heaton, Paul Chaplin, The UK Supreme Court lowers the bar for certification of class actions when giving its judgment against a financial services company (Merricks / Mastercard), 11 décembre 2020, e-Competitions January 2021, Art. N° 98425

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