Work Area: Private Antitrust Litigation

Consumer-side value “key” to determining unfair pricing, Apple tells UK tribunal

Apple has accused a proposed class representative of refusing to consider what the company’s products are worth to developers and users when she alleged it unfairly and excessively priced its apps and in-app subscriptions for millions of UK users.

04 May 2022

Trucks cartel blighted Europe, claimants argue in first UK damages trial

The EU Trucks cartel was a “blight on the industries of Europe for 14 years” and involved the exchange of pricing information on a “massive scale”, claimants seeking damages in the UK have argued before the country’s specialist competition tribunal.

03 May 2022

Ninth Circuit revives lawsuit against NAR

Real estate marketer has adequately alleged that the National Association of Realtors and its members engaged in an anticompetitive boycott, a federal appellate court has said.

27 April 2022

UK government looks to speed up cases at specialist competition tribunal

The UK government has pledged to conduct a further “technical review” into the rules governing the country’s specialist competition tribunal after a consultation suggested several amendments to streamline its procedures.

21 April 2022

UK court rejects Microsoft challenge to standalone abuse claim

Microsoft has failed to convince the High Court of England and Wales to diverge from the EU definition of an “undertaking” to throw out a standalone abuse of dominance claim against it.

14 April 2022

Ryanair loses bid to stay UK competition litigation

A UK court has refused Ryanair’s request to pause an online travel agent’s abuse of dominance claim against it, despite acknowledging there will be “very significant overlap” with ongoing proceedings in Ireland if both cases reach trial.

14 April 2022

Craft brewer seeks to break up distribution “monopoly”

A craft brewery has accused the largest US beer distributor of monopolising the Californian alcohol distribution market through a wave of mergers and coordinated threats.

14 April 2022

China’s top court revokes anticompetitive patent settlement

China’s top court has held that a patent settlement between a pair of technology companies violated the country’s antitrust law by containing cartel provisions, including price-fixing clauses.

13 April 2022

UK court scolds Cleary Gottlieb for failure to justify fees in LCD cartel claim

Competition litigation is not a reason to charge solicitors’ fees above the guideline rates without some further “clear and compelling” justification, a UK appellate court has ruled.

12 April 2022

Damages claims evidence includes documents that do not yet exist, AG Szpunar says

EU law on the disclosure of evidence in antitrust damages claims could require companies involved in follow-on litigation to compile and produce brand new documents, an advocate general at the European Court of Justice has said.

07 April 2022

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