Work Area: Private Antitrust Litigation

Former baseball coaches claim NCAA rule kept them unpaid

The National College Athletics Association orchestrated an illegal wage-fixing conspiracy amongst its member baseball teams, two former coaches have alleged.

01 December 2022

Dutch court to ask ECJ if parity clauses are ancillary restraints

A Dutch court overseeing Booking.com’s dispute with dozens of hotels said it plans to ask the European Court of Justice if wide and narrow parity clauses can be exempt from EU competition rules, as well as how to define the relevant market for online travel agencies.

30 November 2022

CAT orders first communications ban in ro-ro class action

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has banned direct communications between defendants and class members in a roll-on, roll-off collective claim upon finding it was “not proper conduct” for Baker Botts and Steptoe & Johnson to write letters urging businesses to withdraw from the lawsuit.

29 November 2022

UK appellate court affirms CAT’s decision to expand Merricks class action

A UK appellate court has upheld a ruling by the country’s specialist competition tribunal to allow Walter Merricks to seek damages from Mastercard on behalf of millions of people who died since he filed his opt-out damages claim against the credit card company in 2017.

29 November 2022

Louisiana court reporters settle price-fixing claims

Two legal services providers have resolved their allegations accusing a Louisiana board of court reporters of orchestrating a conspiracy to inflate prices.

29 November 2022

Apple’s patent litigation is not protected speech, heartrate app claims

Patent litigation Apple has initiated against AliveCor is not protected under the First Amendment because its sole purpose is retaliation, the heart-rate monitoring company has said as it looks to shield its antitrust lawsuit against the tech company.

28 November 2022

Judge blocks class certification against Takeda, Teva and others

A Pennsylvania federal judge has refused to certify a class of wholesale purchasers of a gout treatment medicine, finding that the claim against several major drugmakers is based on faulty expert testimony that does not hold up to rigorous analysis.

28 November 2022

PGA Tour subpoena barred by sovereign immunity, Saudi Arabian investment fund says

The PGA Tour cannot compel the Saudi Arabian government entity behind LIV Golf to produce discovery and submit to US jurisdiction in an antitrust dispute between the two tournaments, the investment fund has said.

25 November 2022

Landmark class action claim targets wastewater companies

Law firm Leigh Day plans to file the UK’s first-ever "environmental" collective action against several wastewater companies accused of breaching the country's antitrust rules, a week after an economic consultancy urged the country’s competition authority to open a probe based on the same allegations.

24 November 2022

Tribunal orders disclosure of French Apple decision in UK class action

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has ordered Apple to turn over a decision that led to a €25 million settlement with France’s consumer protection authority, as it may contain vital evidence for an abuse of dominance claim against the company.

22 November 2022

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