In this issue:

The OFT and Private Actions

Elizabeth Morony, Luke Tolaini, May 03, 2007

The Office of Fair Trading and Private Antitrust Litigation

The UK Office of Fair Trading has issued a discussion paper on proposals to make redress for consumers and business for breaches of competition law more effective.


Emanuela Lecchi, May 04, 2007

The OFT Discussion Paper – Private Actions In Competition Law: Effective Redress For Consumers And Businesses

As regulators and competition authorities are never tired to tell us, “A healthy competitive market place guarantees the best possible deal for European consumers and businesses alike.” The question is how to turn competition law and theory into an effective tool that will directly benefit consumers and businesses?


Diana Good, May 04, 2007

OFT Discussion Paper on Private Enforcement

As a competition litigator, I have a great interest in ensuring that this area of law develops since so much is still uncertain. What we need is a body of case law which will set out the parameters and procedures for resolution of private actions in the courts. But it is doubtful that the proposed proliferation of actions and tribunals will generate the clarity and focus which is required.


Antitrust and the Chicago School

Richard Schmalensee, May 02, 2007

Thoughts on the Chicago Legacy in U.S. Antitrust

In preparation for writing this paper, I re-read Robert Bork’s The Antitrust Paradox, and I thoroughly enjoyed doing so. Not because I agree with everything in it, though there is much with which to agree. And not only because I enjoy Judge Bork’s writing, though it is always a pleasure to see a sledgehammer used with such precision.


U.S. Circuit Courts and Bundled Rebates

Daniel Crane, May 03, 2007

Bundled Discounts and Cascade Health Solutions v. PeaceHealth

On March 20, 2007, a panel of the Ninth Circuit took the unusual step of issuing an open invitation for amicus curiae briefing on the liability rules governing bundled discounts.