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A recent ruling by a Spanish Commercial Court ( Juzgado de lo Mercantil) awarding damages to a company that had been a victim of a competition law infringement – only 10 months after the claim was lodged – has been hailed as a revolutionary advance in the civil law enforcement of competition-related rights. A closer look, however, invites caution – the Spanish rules of civil procedure are ill-suited to full-blown competition analyses and, despite some recent changes, much remains to be done if the goal is to channel competition claims through the courts.

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