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First opt-out class action launched in the UK

March 8, 2016, Global Competition Review

Alex Leitch and Kenny Henderson are quoted in this GCR article discussing the launch of the first opt-out class action in the UK. 

According to Leitch, “If the case is not settled and the class is granted a collective proceedings order, this will be the trickle that may form into a steady flowing stream.” He continues by stating that the class seems to be pursuing the claim on an opt out basis, which would make the claim truly novel.

Henderson added, “Competition lawyers will be paying close attention to any references by the [Competition Appellate Tribunal] about the mechanics of how the law firm and any funders are to be paid. If there is early comfort on these issues, we could see more claims filed at an early stage.”

 

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