In recent years, antitrust damage actions have become quite popular in Italy. Customers are increasingly becoming aware of their right to compensation stemming from anticompetitive conducts, especially in connection with the decisions of the Italian Antitrust Authority (Agcm) and the European Commission (so called follow-on actions).
The Italian system has become more attractive for claimants - including foreign claimants - also thanks to the smooth implementation of EU Directive 2014/104 on the effective redress for the victims of competition law breaches. Not only has the right to compensation for harm caused by infringements of competition law been expressly acknowledged and regulated; in a bid to ensure consistent application of the new and innovative rules, the number of courts entrusted with hearing competition law damages claims has been reduced to just three nationwide.
Other factors may add to the attractiveness of the Italian courts for litigating antitrust damage claims: