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REFORM: Action on collective actions?

07 February 2014  

Kate Corby and Richard Molesworth assess UK compliance with the EU recommendation on collective action

In a recent recommendation, the European Commission (the Commission) has called on member states to put in place collective action mechanisms in all areas where EU law grants rights. The UK has since published its response, stating that the recommendation advocates collective redress for too broad a set of rights. The UK government instead supports an ‘opt-out’ model for collective redress in the areas of competition law, and other wise to retain the status quo. In this article we consider the detail of the Commission’s recommendation and the UK government’s response.