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Class Certification in the UK: The Model Is Canada, Not the U.S.

April 7, 2017, Covington Alert

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal (the “CAT”) has handed down its first class certification judgment in relation to the class actions regime introduced by the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (the “Act”). The result? The hearing has been adjourned, with the proposed representative allowed to file and serve an amended Claim Form and revised expert evidence, if so advised, and a revised costs budget, potentially having first sought evidence from third parties. In practice, there must be considerable doubt whether the claim will be able to continue. However, the judgment provides valuable guidance as to the shape and form of the UK’s new class actions regime.

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