In the first UK ruling on the disclosure of competition authority evidence under the EU damages directive, a judge has ordered DAF and Iveco to turn over a redacted version of the European Commission’s confidential truck cartel settlement to claimants seeking follow-on damages.
The European Court of Justice has ruled that anticompetitive harm can occur in both the place where an unlawful agreement is made and the place where it is applied, allowing a Lithuanian court to adjudicate an airline dispute that one lawyer described as a “war of forums”.
The EU competition authority has published draft guidelines to help national courts calculate price increases that are passed on to direct and indirect purchasers as a result of anticompetitive conduct.
Judge Richard Leon erred by discrediting regulatory filings made by AT&T and DirecTV in his ruling to allow the AT&T/Time Warner merger, the Federal Communications Commission said in one of several amicus briefs submitted on Monday.
The Federal Communications Commission did little to get in the way of the AT&T/Time Warner tie-up during the merger review process, but the agency has now filed an amicus curiae brief in defence of evidence used by the Department of Justice as the Antitrust Division seeks to block the deal on appeal. FCC chairman Ajit Pai said last year that the agency did not have the authority to review the deal because AT&T was not acquiring any licences from Time Warner. Although the agency said it is not taking an official stance on the litigation, its brief certainly aids the Antitrust Division’s argument.
Though concerns that class action litigation in the UK could become as expensive as it is in the US have been quelled, costs in UK cases so far have still been game-changing, a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills has said.
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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