Amendments to the Digital Markets, Competition, and Consumers Bill Passed

November 30, 2023

On 20 November 2023, the Digital Markets, Competition, and Consumers Bill (DMCC) cleared the report stage and an expedited third reading in the House of Commons, at which a series of significant amendments were passed. 

The latest Bill, published on 22 November 2023, reflects these amendments.  This post focuses on three categories of the amendments:

  • Enhanced accountability of the CMA’s Digital Markets Unit (DMU) and procedural rights under the proposed new regulatory regime for digital markets.
  • The role of consumer benefits under the proposed new digital regulatory regime.
  • The status of damages-based agreements in opt-out competition class action claims. 

Finally, it explains the next steps for the Bill, including the current expected timeline for its entry into force.  For an overview of the main reforms the Bill would introduce, see our blog post here

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