Region: Europe

Estimated £480 million class action claim filed against Qualcomm

UK-based consumer rights group Which? has filed a stand-alone opt-out class action claim against Qualcomm on behalf of an estimated 29 million consumers, who it says overpaid for mobile phones because of the chipmaker’s alleged abuse of dominance.

25 February 2021

Dutch court can hear Greek brewery’s damages claim against Heineken

A Dutch appeals court has overturned a lower court’s ruling that found it does not have jurisdiction over a Greek brewery’s competition damages claim against Heineken and its Greek subsidiary.

25 February 2021

Banks can argue pass on in forex claims, UK court rules

A UK court has confirmed that seven banks accused of colluding to manipulate the market for foreign exchange transactions can argue in their defence that claimant investment funds were able to pass on their losses to their investors.

25 February 2021

VodafoneZiggo loses challenge to EU regulatory recommendations

The European Commission’s recommendations to national regulatory authorities cannot be challenged before the EU courts as they do not constitute a “legal decision”, the European Court of Justice has ruled.

25 February 2021

Companies appear less deterred by merger enforcement, CMA official says

The senior director of mergers at the UK’s antitrust authority has said companies appear to have a larger appetite for deals that raise competition concerns, while pushing back against claims that the agency has actively toughened up its approach to merger control.

24 February 2021

Google accused of breaching interim measures in France

France’s Competition Authority has sent Google a statement of objections, accusing the tech company of breaching an interim order that forced it to negotiate an acceptable fee with news publishers for displaying their content.

24 February 2021

CAT rejects Sainsbury's attempt to expand Mastercard damages claim

The UK's Competition Appeal Tribunal has dismissed Sainsbury's request to seek additional damages from Mastercard for charging anticompetitive interchange fees, concluding that this would amount to a new case.

24 February 2021

Former CMA chair slams agency’s priorities

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has acknowledged that it needs to get “closer to the needs of consumers” after its former chairman blasted the agency as unfit for purpose.

24 February 2021

Vestager questioned on essential facilities omission from DMA

Margrethe Vestager has defended the omission of any reference to essential facilities in the European Commission’s proposed Digital Markets Act, arguing that the agency has found a middle ground between that doctrine and competition law enforcement.

23 February 2021

Polish enforcer clashes with human rights commissioner over document request

Poland’s antitrust enforcer has refused to hand over documents to the country's human rights commissioner relating to its review of PKN Orlen's acquisition of Polska Press due to confidentiality concerns.

23 February 2021

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