Damages Actions

UK tribunal ordered to re-examine class certification in MasterCard claim

A previously rejected application to certify a £14 billion opt-out class action against MasterCard has been sent back to the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal for reconsideration, after an appellate court ruled that the tribunal’s initial analysis was too vigorous and premature.

Google hit with first shopping follow-on case

National rules time-barring competition claims can violate EU law, General Court says

French appeal court rejects predatory pricing claim

Cowspiracy: The Tipline for 24 April 2019

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.

FTC and dental suppliers argue over communications

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.

The antitrust damages directive: four years on

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.

Presumption of parental influence a concern, barrister says

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

Hausfeld gets a GRIP on Google lawsuits

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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