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Finally, some clarity on deadline for bringing UK antitrust damages actions

15 April 2014

On 9 April 2014, the UK Supreme Court ruled that a Commission cartel decision becomes binding upon non-appealing addressees of that decision from the last date upon which the addressee was able to appeal. This is good news for claimants, who can bring antitrust damages claims against non-appealing addressees without having to wait for the outcome of any appeals by other addressees (although they must be wise to the differing time limits in order not to become time-barred). But it is potentially bad news for whistleblowers and settling cartelists, who may be subjected to early claims.