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The Potential of Antitrust Collective Litigation in 2017

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Beyond the Recommendation and the Directive

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The European Commission expected to assess the implementation of the 2013 Recommendation on collective redress by 26 July 2017, yet the Commission missed the deadline. Despite this failure, the Recommendation is still on the EU agenda: a public consultation has been started with the intention to assess how the EU member states responded to the 2013 proposal. On the one hand, it should be welcomed that the Commission remains ambitious regarding an EU-wide collective redress mechanism. On the other hand, it should be highlighted that the Commission is concentrating too much on the American system, which significantly differs in terms of rationale, design, and stated goals. Indeed, utilising one or another American element does not inevitably lead to the perceived issue of “blackmail settlement”. This is further qualified by positive experiences in pro-active EU member states, which have experimented with US-oriented tools in order to facilitate collective actions in their jurisdictions. This article explores how insights from the EU countries and the US should influence the debate on EU-style collective antitrust redress, if and when the time arises to take another step in the field.

Affiliations: 1: PhD candidate, Universiteit Leiden, Europa Institute, The Netherlands,


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