Damage Actions In Europe: Towards A ‘U.S.-Style’ Private Antitrust Enforcement?
By Marius Meland
Law360, New York (May 23, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- It is well known that in Europe, competition law is primarily enforced by specialized public authorities, for example the European Commission or, in France, the Competition Council, while private antitrust litigation before ordinary law jurisdictions remains very rare, as opposed to the situation prevailing in the United States.
This is particularly true for damages actions for breach of competition law. In France especially, for a victim to receive an indemnity for competition damages, the most efficient way remains to bring two distinct and successive actions: one...