Topic: Collective actions

Mastercard’s loss at UK Supreme Court is a “revolution”, lawyers say

A landmark decision by the UK Supreme Court allowing the rehearing of a request to certify a proposed competition damages claim against Mastercard has significantly lowered the bar for future class actions, lawyers have said.

11 December 2020

Ex-MEP leads Portuguese class action against Mastercard

A specially-formed consumer group has filed Portugal’s first-ever opt-out antitrust damages claim, aiming to compensate all of the country’s consumers for overcharges allegedly passed on by Mastercard’s anticompetitive interchange fees.

04 December 2020

Merricks judgment delayed at UK Supreme Court

The UK Supreme Court’s highly-anticipated ruling in Walter Merricks' opt-out class action claim against Mastercard has been indefinitely postponed due to the passing of presiding justice Lord Brian Kerr.

03 December 2020

Antitrust Division may block depositions in Teva securities suit, court says

A Connecticut federal judge has said the Department of Justice can intervene in private litigation against Teva Pharmaceuticals, accepting the Antitrust Division’s arguments that certain depositions and discovery could compromise the integrity of its investigation into price-fixing in the generic pharmaceuticals industry.

23 October 2020

Chilean court rejects roll-on roll-off time-bar claims

Chile’s highest court has imposed fines totalling US$19.6 million on Eukor, CMC and K-Line, after overturning a decision by the country’s competition tribunal not to impose sanctions on the companies for their role in the global roll-on roll-off shipping cartel.

17 August 2020

Google and Facebook sued for alleged cartel against crypto

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Facebook and Google in Australia alleging that the technology companies violated anti-cartel rules by banning all crypto-related advertising.

14 August 2020

German automakers say conspiracy claims are legally deficient

German carmakers have again asked a Northern California federal judge to reject direct and indirect purchasers’ allegations that they illegally conspired to restrict competition, saying “there is no plausible way” to plead what the plaintiffs need to plead.

13 August 2020

Eleventh Circuit rejects Georgia Board of Dentistry’s appeal

A federal appellate court in Atlanta has ruled that members of the Georgia Board of Dentistry are not entitled to state-action immunity, concluding that a lower court properly denied their motion to dismiss SmileDirectClub’s claims that they violated antitrust laws.

12 August 2020

Hong Kong accepts behavioural commitments to remedy port alliance concerns

An alliance of four port terminal operators at Hong Kong’s main container shipping facility must commit to maintaining prices and quality for certain services, the territory’s competition watchdog has decided.

12 August 2020

SCOTUS to revisit antitrust case over arbitration dispute

The Supreme Court has agreed for a second time to review questions of arbitrability related to a lawsuit accusing a group of dental suppliers of participating in an anticompetitive boycott.

16 June 2020

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