Antitrust Damages Actions: Lessons from the American Indirect Purchasers’ Litigation (International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 2010)

Abstract: This article aims to draw policy lessons from the American indirect purchasers’ litigation experience for the design of the European private antitrust regime in the light of the European Commission’s White Paper on damages actions. The article shows that in multi-level polities procedural aspects of antitrust litigation and judicial cooperation are as crucial as the substantive standards for the success of private enforcement regimes. From this perspective the article criticizes the White Paper for the lack of procedural assessment and urges the Commission to give due consideration to procedural standards and mechanisms of judicial cooperation before taking any legislative action.

 

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