Sharpening the CAT’s claws — Competition Appeal Tribunal

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The UK government is significantly reforming competition law private actions with a view to making it easier for consumers and businesses to obtain redress where there has been a competition law infringement. The reforms are contained in Part 3 of the Consumer Rights Bill, which was introduced into the House of Commons on 23 January 2014 and which amends the Competition Act 1998 and the Enterprise Act 2002. Related to this, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) consulted last year on reforms aimed at streamlining competition appeals (the consultation closed in September 2013).

This article addresses the most significant resulting proposals and focuses in particular on new powers for the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT); changes to the standard of review for appeals; new procedures to fast track certain cases; and changes to the ‘collective actions’ procedure…

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