Online price comparison service Idealo has become the first company to file a damages claim based on the EU’s 2017 decision that Google illegally promoted its own comparison shopping service ahead of its rivals.
The EU’s General Court has said that a Portuguese law barring follow-on damages claims filed over three years after the anticompetitive conduct occurred is incompatible with EU law because it makes damages excessively difficult to collect.
A dessert maker’s stand-alone abuse of dominance claim lacked evidence and relied solely on the result of a pending government investigation, a French appeal court has ruled.
Sixteen years ago today, the Department of Justice sued to compel Dairy Farmers of America to divest its interests in Southern Belle Dairy “to prevent higher milk prices” for over 100 school districts in Kentucky and Tennessee. Dairy Farmers of America was initially granted summary judgment before a Kentucky district court, but the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit later reversed the ruling. Dairy Farmers of America then divested its stake in Southern Belle to settle the DOJ’s claims. Yesterday, a group of cattle ranchers filed an antitrust lawsuit alleging a conspiracy to limit beef output from meat packers. Did they recognise this significant anniversary? Perhaps not, but today, we at GCR USA celebrate the intersection of bovines and antitrust law.
The Federal Trade Commission and the three largest US dental suppliers have sparred over whether allegedly unlawful communications between the supply companies were a conspiracy to boycott buying groups or the harmless dismissal of customers they wanted to avoid.
Today marks four years since the EU antitrust damages directive was signed into law. After years of discussion, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union intended Directive 2014/104 to make it easier for businesses and consumers to claim compensation for overcharges caused by infringements of competition law.
A ruling to allow two UK subsidiaries to be used as anchor defendants in follow-on litigation – on the presumption that they did not act independently of their parent companies – could increase the risk of irreconcilable judgments, a competition barrister has cautioned. Tom Madge-Wyld at GCR Live Competition Litigation
Plaintiff’s side law firm Hausfeld has teamed up with a public affairs consultancy to set up the Google Redress & Integrity Platform (GRIP), which aims to attract potential clients seeking redress against the technology company over its allegedly anti-competitive practices.
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