Damages Actions

iiyama lawyer calls Intel “nail in the coffin” for defence

12 December 2017

Counsel to monitor maker iiyama, which is suing members of the liquid crystal display and cathode ray tube cartels over indirect purchases, told an appeal court today that limits to the territorial scope of EU investigations do not apply to private damages claims – and that even if they did, the recent Intel judgment cements the claimant’s ability to sue.

The lead counsel crusade

11 December 2017

Among the US plaintiffs’ bar, the contest for lead counsel status in antitrust class actions is heated, for good reason: It’s the ultimate legal prize, with winners well-placed to pad their reputations and their pocketbooks. GCR data reporter Denise Nzeyimana and editor-at-large Ron Knox combed court records and used Kumu mapping software to show which firms earn lead counsel status most frequently - and why.

English judge agrees to DG Comp trucks disclosure

08 December 2017

Mrs Justice Vivien Rose will order DAF Trucks to give UK postal operator Royal Mail redacted information from the European Commission’s trucks cartel case file within the next few months.

MasterCard claimant counsel outlines burden of class certification

01 December 2017

The lead barrister in the attempted opt-in interchange fee class action against MasterCard has highlighted the upfront cost of seeking UK antitrust class certification.

English judge finds Visa interchange fees are legal

English judge finds Visa interchange fees are legal

30 November 2017

Supermarket Sainsbury’s has lost its interchange fee lawsuit against Visa in the High Court of England and Wales – with the judge ruling that the existence of the company’s multilateral interchange fee scheme is not anticompetitive.

“Strategic mischief” possible from Brexit, claimants’ lawyer says

30 November 2017

Alleged victims of anticompetitive conduct could get “more arrows in the quiver” following the UK’s exit from the EU, a claimant-side lawyer has said.

Merricks v MasterCard: What went wrong

Merricks v MasterCard: What went wrong

28 November 2017

In July, the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal refused to certify an opt-out class action pursuing MasterCard’s allegedly anticompetitive interchange fees. Shepherd & Wedderburn partner Claire Stockford and solicitor Zeno Frediani look at the lessons for others that might seek UK class certification.

Former air cargo judge quits under fire

Former air cargo judge quits under fire

27 October 2017

Mr Justice Peter Smith will retire on 28 October, two days before the UK’s Judicial Conduct Investigations Office was set to hold a disciplinary hearing relating to his conduct in the oversight of the High Court air cargo litigation.

English judge trims air cargo claims

English judge trims air cargo claims

04 October 2017

Mrs Justice Vivien Rose has ruled that victims of the air cargo cartel cannot claim damages for collusion that affected certain routes before EU Regulation 1/2003 became effective in 2004.

English judge refuses to order disclosure of foam leniency documents

English judge refuses to order disclosure of foam leniency documents

04 October 2017

A High Court judge today refused to grant a bankrupt mattress maker access to notes relating to polyurethane foam cartelist Recticel’s oral leniency application – but did order the defendant to hand over documents relating to implementation of the cartel outside the UK.