Work Area: Private Antitrust Litigation

First standalone collective actions launched in UK

Hausfeld has filed two standalone opt-out class actions against three UK train operators, which are accused of abusing their dominance in the London passenger rail market.

12 March 2019

Tribunal “overstepped bounds”, Merricks claimants argue

Claimants in the interchange fee follow-on litigation say that a specialist UK tribunal that denied them class certification expected them to supply more data than was legally required.

06 February 2019

Trucks claims worth over €700 million filed in Spain

Spanish law firm Caamaño Concheiro & Seoane has begun filing thousands of claims in the Spanish courts, seeking follow-on damages as a result of the European trucks cartel.

01 February 2019

Air cargo claimants lose appeal

A UK appeals court has confirmed that claimants seeking follow-on damages as a result of the air cargo cartel cannot claim for collusion that affected certain flight routes before new EU competition rules became effective in 2004.

29 January 2019

Israeli judge approves Coca Cola class action

An Israeli court has certified a standalone class action against Coca Cola, which is accused of abusing its dominant position in the soft drinks market by setting excessive prices.

21 January 2019

AG Kokott clarifies scope of damages claims

The EU Damages Directive only applies to claims that were brought in a member state after it implemented the directive and that relate to conduct that occurred after the directive was issued, an advocate general to the European Court of Justice has said.

17 January 2019

BA should be liable for earliest cartel conduct, claimants argue

Claimants against the air cargo cartel have argued that they should be able to claim damages from British Airways dating back three years earlier than a UK trial court had ruled.

15 January 2019

Top German court rejects cartel damages test

Germany’s highest court has considered for the first time the validity of a prima facie test for evidence of antitrust damages, but rejected the test because it does not accurately reflect the realities of a market-sharing cartel.

03 January 2019

Lawyers unsure on impact of new Dutch Court

Dutch lawyers are uncertain how the establishment of a new court to hear international trade disputes will affect competition law litigation.

18 December 2018

EU is off the hook for material damages

The European Court of Justice has ruled that the EU is not liable for the costs that plastic bag manufacturer Gascogne incurred due to the length of antitrust proceedings against it.

14 December 2018

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