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More Intel on the territorial limits of EU competition law

Edward Coulson and Andrew Leitch

Keywords: jurisdiction; applicable law; private damages actions; cartels; iiyama; Intel; Unlockd

The recent increased focus of the European Commission on cartels formed and operated outside of the EU, which nonetheless harm competition in the internal market, has led to a corresponding increase in private damages actions being pursued in the English courts for losses occasioned by those cartels. Those private damages actions have tested both the jurisdictional reach of the English courts and the territorial scope of EU competition law. This article discusses the successful appeal by iiyama against the partial strike out of its private damages claims in the English High Court for losses occasioned by the CRT Glass and LCD cartels. The impact of the Court of Justice's decision in Intel, which was handed down between iiyama's damages actions being struck out and its successful appeal, is also discussed, together with the High Court's subsequent decision in Unlockd, which followed Intel and iiyama. Taken together, these cases provide significant increased clarity on the issues of jurisdiction and applicable law in private damages actions before the English courts.

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