*Secretary of State for Health and others v Servier Laboratories Ltd and others; others cases

Practice – Stay of proceedings. In three related actions, different United Kingdom health authorities claimed damages for alleged breaches of competition law against four companies in the Servier group (together, Servier). Servier sought a stay of the Scottish and Northern Irish proceedings, submitting that for it to have to defend multiple claims would be contrary to the overriding objective under the CPR of ensuring that cases were dealt with justly and at proportionate cost. The Chancery Division, in dismissing the application, held that the right way to proceed was by active case management of the three actions as they proceeded in parallel, and not by the imposition of a blanket stay.

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