Missed opportunity for collective consumer damages claims

Today the European Parliament has voted to adopt the legislation that is the Private Damages Actions Directive.

This legislation, once in force, will make it easier for claimants to go to court for the compensation for damages resulting from competition infringements, a step we welcome. The directive will introduce some uniform rules making access to evidence or burden of proof issues more predictable. Unfortunately, it is difficult to say whether the new rules will have any practical impact on the (lack of) consumer claims, as it fails to introduce collective redress procedures, crucial for consumer redress.

BEUC position paper with our suggestions is here.