In what are often complex cartel damages claims, Rick helps clients determine the right strategy. This frequently involves a combination of cross-border claims. He uses his legal and practical skills and expertise to create an overview for the client by fulfilling a coordinating role at the required central or pan-European level.
Rick also has extensive experience in advising on, negotiating and litigating many aspects relating to commercial contracts, particularly with regard to distribution, franchise, agency and e-commerce (with a focus on automotive and other high-end consumer goods).
Rick teaches at the Grotius Academy (competition and liability) and is a member of the Dutch Association for European Law, the Dutch Competition Law Association, the Dutch Distribution, Franchise and Agency Association and the Lex Mundi Antitrust Competition and Trade Practice Group. He regularly publishes on competition litigation and distribution law. In recent years, Rick has also been part of the working group responsible for the Dutch contribution to the FIDE report on competition litigation.
Qualifications & Experience
- EU Law, Public Economic Law and Economic Business Law (with merit) (Utrecht University)
- Postgraduate programme on EU Competition Law (with merit) (King's College London)
Houthoff is defending a major European truck manufacturer against several cartel damages mass claims submitted by claim vehicles allegedly representing haulier companies.
Houthoff is defending a Luxembourg air cargo carrier in several proceedings against an accumulated number of cartel damages claims submitted by several claim vehicles arising from the alleged air cargo cartel.
Houthoff is advising a Japanese bank on its defence against announced class actions for damages as a follow-on to several alleged cartels regarding InterBank Offering Rates.
Houthoff is representing a European oil company in its defence against third party cartel damages claims submitted by a bitumen purchaser claiming damages allegedly suffered as a result of the bitumen cartel.
Houthoff is representing a South Korean listed electronics manufacturer in its defence against several cartel damages claims submitted by major CRT purchasers regarding the manufacture of television screens and computer monitors.
Defending a motor vehicle importer against several claims of independent garage businesses for access to its official repairer network and damages for alleged infringements of competition law.
Representing an alleged cartelist before the Dutch civil court in the defense of a billion Euro damages claim as a follow-on to the alleged cathode ray tubes cartels.
Representing a European oil company in its defence against cartel damages claims submitted by a purchaser claiming damages allegedly cause by the bitumen cartel.