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The Proposed Damages Directive: The Real Lessons from the United States

Robert H. Lande, CPI Antitrust Chronicle, Vol. 2, pp. 2-12, March 2014; University of Baltimore School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2014-19, 2014

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Europeans should be doubly cautious when they study the U.S. experience with private antitrust enforcement. Nevertheless, there are ten specific lessons they can learn. None, however, is consistent with the conventional wisdom in the international competition community that U.S.-style private enforcement has been a disaster. Each should help Europe objectively consider the Commission’s proposed Directive concerning private enforcement of Competition law.

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