Next Battleground In EU Antitrust Litigation

Law360, New York (April 7, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Private antitrust actions for damages have traditionally played a very limited role in the enforcement of the European Union’s competition rules.

However, in recent years developments at the community level have facilitated the bringing of damages claims and, moreover, certain reforms of the member states’ legal systems have made private antitrust suits more attractive.

This article discusses some key features of the system for private enforcement of Articles 81 and 82 of the EC Treaty in the courts of four of the largest European jurisdictions —...
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