And one for all

The first proposed class actions in competition law in the UK, permitted since October 2015 through the Consumers Rights Act 2015, have been commenced.

Class actions in competition law are a relatively new feature of the UK’s legal landscape. Their purpose is to pursue under the umbrella of one set of proceedings against a common defendant a large number of claims (perhaps of relatively small value) which raise similar issues of fact or law. One advantage of class actions is that they provide a forum for claims to be brought (e.g. on behalf of consumers) which it would be uneconomic to bring as separate proceedings.

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