Collective Proceedings Orders: Caroline Harbord and Candice Johnson write for Solicitors Journal
The last three months have heralded a period of unprecedented excitement in the sphere of collective competition claims, state Dispute Resolution Senior Associate, Caroline Harbord, and Trainee Solicitor, Candice Johnson.
In their Solicitors Journal article entitled 'Collective Proceedings Orders: The story so far…', Caroline and Candice summarise a raft of recent Collective Proceedings Order cases handled by the Competition Appeal Tribunal including Mastercard v Merricks, Justin Le Patourel v BT Group Plc and British Telecommunications Plc, Justin Gutmann v First MTR South Western Trains, and Lloyd v Google.
"These long-awaited decisions (considered all the way up to the Supreme Court and back) provide the first glimpses of how the CAT will apply the novel ‘opt out’ group litigation regime in practice, and are welcome judicial guidance in this area."
"With the judgments coming thick and fast, and numerous further CPO applications being listed, this article provides an overview of the ‘opt out’ regime, and a summary of the key practical takeaways arising from each of the recent CPO decisions from the perspective of claimants, lawyers and litigation funders."