New UK Plan Pushes Opt-Out System For Antitrust Suits

Law360, New York (April 24, 2012, 6:46 PM EDT) -- The British government on Tuesday proposed making it easier for small businesses and consumers to bring antitrust litigation by introducing opt-out collective actions and widening the types of cases the country's competition court can hear.

Under the current system, private consumers and businesses can only bring opt-in collective actions either as stand-alone cases or following on decisions from British or European Union antitrust regulators in the regular courts. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills' plan would instead create an opt-out mechanism and allow the specialized...
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