Antitrust Private Damages Actions in the United States, Canada and the European Union

By Pierre Crémieux, Marissa Ginn & Marc Van Audenrode –

This article compares and contrasts the well-established system of private action that prevails in the United States to those established by the recent trilogy of decisions by the Canadian Supreme Court that reshaped the Canadian landscape for antitrust private actions and the framework delineated by the European Directive on rules governing private actions for antitrust damages in Member States. The paper aims to show that the ultimate approach to damages claims may be relatively similar across Europe, United States Federal Courts and Canada.