Collective proceedings orders are like buses

Becca Hogan of Law Gazette predicts that recent landmark ‘opt-out’ cases have helped in the law of England and Wales, and the wider legal system, to combine to create an extremely powerful way for consumers to discharge their rights. With the first three opt-out collective actions having been approved, she predicts it is likely that we will see an increase in claimants pursuing breaches of competition law on an opt-out basis. Read more.

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