Topic: Collective actions

CADE split on school cartel fines

Brazil's antitrust authority remains divided on how it should calculate fines levied on a school uniform cartel, with lawyers saying the uncertainty makes cases unpredictable and inconsistent.

23 August 2021

CAT certifies first UK competition class action

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has issued its highly-anticipated decision certifying the country’s first-ever antitrust class action, designating Walter Merricks as the representative to lead the multi-billion pound claim against Mastercard.

18 August 2021

Dutch authority drops RPM probe despite uptick in vertical enforcement

The Dutch competition authority has closed an investigation into alleged resale price maintenance in the home furnishings sector, in what appears to be the first case to be discontinued in line with the agency’s guidelines on assessing vertical agreements.

18 August 2021

Mexico hits drug distributors with highest possible fine

Mexico’s competition enforcer has fined five drug distributors, an industry association and 21 executives the highest possible combined sanction of €38.5 million, while also disqualifying senior company employees for the first time in its history.

17 August 2021

Saudi Arabia fines furniture cartel

Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Competition has fined four home and office furniture retailers a total of €2.3 million for bid rigging, although observers claim the case raises evidentiary issues.

11 August 2021

Singapore to publish business collaboration guidance

Singapore’s antitrust authority is seeking feedback on its proposed business collaboration guidance, aiming to clarify how it will assess the most common types of competitor coordination.

02 August 2021

Google faces £920 million UK class action over app store rules

Plaintiff law firm Hausfeld is spearheading a proposed class action against Google that seeks almost £1 billion on behalf of 19.5 million UK consumers that allegedly overpaid for in-app content as a result of the company’s application store restrictions.

29 July 2021

UK Forex class actions will collapse if not pursued as opt-out claims, counsel argues

Neither of the proposed claimants seeking to bring collective damages actions against members of the Forex cartel will pursue opt-in claims if their bids for opt-out certification fail, the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has heard.

16 July 2021

CAT chairman questions alleged effects of Forex cartel

The UK judge overseeing two proposed class actions against members of the Forex cartel has laid out his initial concerns about both claimants’ theories of harm.

15 July 2021

Banks urge UK tribunal to avoid opt-out route in Forex cartel claims

Neither of the proposed UK class actions seeking damages from members of the Forex cartel should proceed on an opt-out basis, the defendant banks have argued.

14 July 2021

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