CJEU Advocate General Opinion Restricts the Use of Regulation 44/2001 to Bring Consumer Class Actions

On 14 November 2017 Advocate General Bobek issued his opinion on the case C-498/16, Schrems v. Facebook Ireland Limited. In his opinion: “On the basis of Article 16(1) of Regulation No 44/2001 a consumer cannot invoke, at the same time as his own claims, claims on the same subject assigned by other consumers domiciled in other places of the same Member State, in other Member States or in non-member States” The preliminary ruling arose out from a claim brought by Mr. Schrems, domiciled in Austria, against Facebook, domiciled in Ireland, in which it was alleged...

Publicadas las enmiendas al Proyecto de Ley que transpone la Directiva de Daños

El pasado miércoles, 8 de noviembre, el Boletín Oficial de las Cortes Generales publicó las enmiendas presentadas por distintos grupos parlamentarios de la Cámara Baja en relación con el Proyecto de Ley por la que se transponen directivas de la Unión Europea en los ámbitos financiero, mercantil y sanitario, y sobre el desplazamiento de trabajadores (procedente del Real Decreto-ley 9/2017, de 26 de mayo).

The European Commission’s Collective Actions Proposal: Potential Policy and Legislative Developments on Spanish Collective Damages Actions

I. European CommissionThe Commission’s Collective Actions Report and Proposal. On 22 May 2017, the European Commission launched the “Call for evidence on the operation of collective redress arrangements in the Member States of the European Union” (the “CFE”). The CFE came on the back of the Commission’s Recommendation, of 11 June 2013, (the “Recommendation”) which set out a number of common principles regarding collective actions which the Commission recommended Member States to implement by 26 July 2015. In a speech last 28 September 2017, EU Justice Commissioner Ms. Vera Jourova announced that the CFE will...

A Legal Approach to Assessing Evidence of Pass-on

[EN] Following the publication by the European Commission of the Cuatrecasas-authored “Study on the Passing on of Overcharges” in October 2016 (see: http://ec.europa.eu/competition/publications/reports/KD0216916ENN.pdf), we have revisited the key topic of pass-on in competition damages litigation in an article that was recently published in the Global Competition Litigation Review.