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Of Arms and Armour - The European Commission's White Paper on Damages Actions for Breach of EC Antitrust Law


Friedrich Wenzel Bulst


European Union - Directorate General for Competition

July 18, 2008

Bucerius Law Journal, pp. 81-95, 2008

Abstract:     
In April 2008 the European Commission published a White Paper on Damages actions for breach of the EC antitrust rules and an accompanying Commission Staff Working Paper. The White Paper's primary objective is to improve the legal conditions for victims of violations of the EC antitrust rules to exercise their right under the EC Treaty to reparation of all damage suffered as a result of such a violation. The author analyses both documents covering indirect purchaser standing, collective redress, access to evidence, binding effect of administrative decisions, fault as a prerequisite to civil liability, definition and quantification of damages, the passing-on of overcharges (passing-on defence), limitation periods, costs of actions and the interaction between leniency programmes and damages actions.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 15

Keywords: Private Enforcement,Competition Law,cartel,white paper,Courage,directive,proposal,richtlinie,actions collectives,libro bianco,commission,risarcimento del danno,damages,passing on,schadevergoedingsacties,Kartellrecht,private Durchsetzung,Schadensersatzklagen,torpedo,Richtlinienvorschlag,Sammelklage

JEL Classification: K21, K40, K42, K10, K13, L40, L49, G18, G19

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Date posted: July 22, 2008 ; Last revised: May 20, 2009

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Bulst, Friedrich Wenzel, Of Arms and Armour - The European Commission's White Paper on Damages Actions for Breach of EC Antitrust Law (July 18, 2008). Bucerius Law Journal, pp. 81-95, 2008. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1162811

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Friedrich Wenzel Bulst (Contact Author)
European Union - Directorate General for Competition ( email )
European Commission
Brussels, B-1049
Belgium
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