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Competition class actions off to a slow but steady start

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The first judgment on class certification for competition class actions has been issued by the Competition Appeal Tribunal. The judgment will reassure potential defendants, as the Tribunal demanded greater rigour from the...more

Lessons from the Competition Appeal Tribunal Hearings in Merricks v. MasterCard and Gibson v. Pride Mobility Scooters

by Reed Smith on

The UK held the first two hearings under its new opt-out class action procedure. The precise rules governing UK class actions will be developed over time from the general guidelines in the statute. There are significant...more

Proposed timeline for the UPC from the Preparatory Committee

by Hogan Lovells on

After the British government gave the go-ahead for the UPC system to enter into force in November 2016 by announcing that – despite Brexit – they intend to ratify the Agreement on the Unified Patent Court (UPCA), the...more

UK Antitrust Class Actions Start to Get Going

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Brussels Antitrust/Competition partner (and English lawyer) Matthew Hall brings us an update on antitrust class actions filed under new procedures in the UK. Antitrust class actions in the UK are beginning to take hold...more

First Opt-Out Class Action Underway In The United Kingdom

On June 21, 2016, the United Kingdom Competition Appeal Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) published notice of an application to commence collective proceedings under Section 47B of the UK’s competition act. If this action continues,...more

Mobilising competition class actions in the UK

by Reed Smith on

On 25 May 2016, the National Pensioners Convention (NPC) issued formal proceedings at the Competition Appeals Tribunal (CAT) in London against Pride Mobility Products (Pride) on the grounds of anticompetitive conduct. This is...more

WiFi Privacy: Network Analytics Guidance Issued by ICO

by Reed Smith on

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued guidance to help wireless (WiFi) operators understand their duties under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) when collecting and using location and other analytics...more

Blog: FCA Publishes 5 Case Studies, As Ban On Opt-Out Selling Comes Into Force

by Cooley LLP on

The FCA’s ban on opt-out selling across financial services, and its guidance on supporting informed decision making by add-on product buyers, came into force on 1 April 2016. The FCA has published 5 short case studies to...more

Opt-out class actions in the UK – off the blocks, on a mobility scooter

by White & Case LLP on

A new opt-out class action regime was introduced into the UK on 1 October 2015 under the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (the "CRA"). Since then, practitioners have been waiting patiently; intrigued to see when the first claim would...more

Launch of First UK Opt-Out Class Action

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

October 1, 2015, marked the entry into force of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 ("CRA"), bringing with it an opt-out class action regime for the private enforcement of infringements in competition law. Now, in March, 2016, the...more

Orion and London and Overseas Scheme Administrators Announce Bar Date for Filing Claims Under Newly Approved Amending Scheme

by K&L Gates LLP on

Our Alert dated December 1, 2015 discussed the High Court of Justice of England and Wales’ approval of the proposed Amending Scheme of Arrangement for OIC Run-Off Limited (formerly the Orion Insurance Company limited)...more

Evolving Private Remedies for Competition Infringements in Europe: Class Actions in the U.K.

Winds of change are blowing through Europe’s national courts, beginning with a new antitrust damages Directive requiring changes in national laws to facilitate private enforcement of competition law. This step was a major...more

The Beginning of US Style Class Actions in the UK? The Risks Associated with Past and Future Anti-Competitive Behaviour Just...

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 1 October 2015 the UK introduced a new class action regime for breaches of competition law (specifically cartel conduct or abuse of dominant position) permitting collective proceedings for damages claims which will be...more

New era dawns in UK competition damages actions

by White & Case LLP on

The entry into force of the UK Consumer Rights Act 2015 (the "CRA") on 1 October 2015 marks the introduction of opt-out class actions in the UK, further transforming the legal landscape for private damages claims in the UK....more

Alert: UK Consumer Rights Act Ushers in New Era for Competition Litigation

by Cooley LLP on

The UK Consumer Rights Act 2015 (CRA) entered into force on 1 October. As well as amending a number of aspects of consumer protection law, the CRA implements sweeping reforms of the private competition litigation regime in...more

Opt-out collective actions cross the pond

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 entered into force on 1 October 2015. The Act develops the law on private enforcement of competition law infringements, in a radical manner. Previously, the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT)...more

Now in force: Major amendments to the antitrust damages regime in the UK

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 (“CRA”) comes into force today, 1 October 2015. It introduces major reforms to the antitrust damages actions regime in the UK. In particular, the CRA broadens the type of cases that can be heard...more

Consumer Rights Act 2015: Private Actions for Breaches of Competition Law – Overview of the New Regime

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The entry into force of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (“CRA15”) on 1 October 2015 sees the overhaul of the private enforcement regime in England & Wales. The CRA15, which amends both the Competition Act 1998 and the Enterprise...more

New UK Class Action Regime: What Do You Need To Know?

by Allen & Overy LLP on

New class action procedures will come into force in just four days’ time on 1 October. These will make the UK a more attractive forum for potential claimants and are likely to lead to an increase in the number of class...more

Changes to Sunday Trading Laws – Good News for Retailers?

by Reed Smith on

In his emergency summer budget of July 8, Chancellor George Osborne announced changes to the Sunday trading rules in England and Wales. In this bulletin we provide a brief reminder of the current rules and look at what the...more

Opt-out Collective Actions for Competition Damages Actions—A New Dawn for Litigation in the UK

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 (UK), enacted on March 26, 2015, heralds a significant development in UK litigation. Following years of debate, and despite the concerns of many that the UK would suffer from the apparent excesses...more

Opt-Out Antitrust Class Actions—A U.S. Perspective On The Consumer Rights Bill Pending In UK’s Parliament

Will opt-out class actions proposed by the UK Parliament’s Consumer Rights Bill bring the dreaded U.S.-style litigation culture to the United Kingdom? My personal assessment—that of a seasoned American antitrust...more

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