A second chance for class actions

18 Apr 2017

The original mobility scooters case may not have attracted much attention at the time, other than perhaps for competition lawyers. But the decision in 2014 by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) – whose functions have now been assumed by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) – has resulted in a test case for the UK’s new ‘class action’ regime introduced for competition claims under the Consumer Rights Act in 2015.

The OFT’s decision found that a manufacturer of mobility scooters, Pride Mobility Products Limited (Pride), and eight of its retailers had infringed competition law by agreeing to restrictions preventing the retailers f...

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