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Competition: EU Damages Directive

16 December 2014

Significant increase in EU antitrust litigation likely as EU council adopts damages directive

On 10 November 2014, the EU Council of Ministers formally adopted the European Commission’s (EC) directive on antitrust damages. The directive was signed by the European Parliament at the end of November, starting a two year countdown in which each EU member state must adopt the directive into their own national legislation.

The directive aims to raise and standardise many aspects of antitrust or competition litigation throughout the EU. It enables victims of anti-competitive behaviour to claim compensation from the infringers for the harm they have suffered. The legislation ...

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