Topic: Collective actions

Class actions brought on behalf of businesses face “rocky road”, barrister warns

A significant difference in how the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has treated class action claims brought on behalf of consumers and businesses means the latter likely face a “rocky road” in future, a leading competition barrister has said.

06 October 2022

Canadian court sends Amazon claims to arbitration

Canada’s Federal Court has ordered Amazon purchasers to arbitrate their claims that the online retailer’s “fair pricing” policy amounts to price-fixing.

05 October 2022

United States: class actions

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30 September 2022

CAT member acknowledges tribunal’s “heavy responsibility” at certification stage

A judge at the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has said he was surprised by senior courts’ “strong support” for the country’s relatively new class action regime and their “relatively expansionist idea of how it should operate”.

23 September 2022

Sony faces £5 billion competition class action in the UK

A consumer rights advocate is seeking up to £5 billion in damages from Sony on behalf of nine million consumers that allegedly overpaid for digital games or in-game content when making purchases from the PlayStation Store.

22 August 2022

Canadian court upholds dismissal of hockey class action claim

A Canadian appellate court has upheld a ruling that tossed out a competition class action claim against several North American ice hockey leagues, despite finding the lower court made analytical errors when considering the case.

19 August 2022

Former CMA chair files first UK crypto competition class action claim

Lord David Currie, former chair of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority, has filed the country’s first proposed collective antitrust action in the digital assets market, seeking over £9.9 billion in damages from four leading cryptocurrency exchanges.

04 August 2022

Overlapping class actions present novel scenario for Portuguese regime

Two recently filed parallel opt-out class actions against Apple and Google that mirror a pair of lawsuits launched against the same companies earlier this year will force Portugal’s specialist competition court to decide for the first time how to handle overlapping claims.

29 July 2022

UK appeals court takes permissive approach to exploitative abuse class actions

A UK appellate court has endorsed the use of aggregate liability in class actions and broadly interpreted the concept of abuse in a decision upholding the certification of a £93 million collective claim against a pair of train operators.

28 July 2022

Israeli Supreme Court modifies excessive pricing test in landmark Coca-Cola decision

The Supreme Court of Israel has ordered a district court to reassess its decision to certify a class action claim accusing Coca-Cola of excessive pricing, while it also confirmed for the first time that collective actions can be based on such infringements.

27 July 2022

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