Region: United Kingdom

UK tribunal certifies another train class action but rejects government’s intervention plea

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has certified a second class action claim from Justin Gutmann but rejected the secretary of state for transport’s request to intervene in both mass lawsuits seeking damages from three train operators for allegedly overcharging commuters.

22 March 2023

Slaughter and May strengthens in London

Slaughter and May has promoted associate Lorna Nsoatabe to partner as it looks to reinforce its competition practice in London.

22 March 2023

CMA demands remedies in Broadcom/VMware to avoid Phase II probe

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has told Broadcom that it must offer remedies to avoid an in-depth probe of its €56.5 billion purchase of cloud software company VMware after finding the merged entity could foreclose hardware competitors.

22 March 2023

CAT rejects Mastercard’s counterfactual defence in Merricks class action

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has banned Mastercard from putting forward a counterfactual defence against Walter Merricks’ class action that would have reduced the credit card company’s potential damages liability.

22 March 2023

Apple accused of thwarting disclosure again in UK class action claim

Claimants in a £1.5 billion class action claim against Apple have urged the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal to order the iPhone maker to explain how it deems 7,000 documents filed to the country’s antitrust watchdog are irrelevant to the lawsuit.

20 March 2023

CAT may cancel certification of £400 million train operator class action

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has said it may revoke its previous decision to certify a £400 million opt-out abuse of dominance claim against Govia Thameslink Railway now that the claimants’ expert economist has withdrawn from the proceedings.

17 March 2023

"Have another go": UK competition claim against Meta sent back to the drawing board

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The CAT has emphasised that a roadmap for resolving difficult questions in novel cases needs to be set out at the certification stage. It is encouraging to potential defendants that the CAT is grappling with the challenges faced by data privacy cases.

17 March 2023

Shipping cartelist urges CAT to combine collective and individual damages claims

Counsel to Mitsui OSK Lines has urged the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal to combine two separate claims it is facing following its role in the international roll-on, roll-off shipping cartel, warning it could otherwise be forced to “give up” on settling them out of court.

15 March 2023

Petrol station overlaps fuel CMA concerns in Asda/Co-op

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has given Asda five days to remedy its concerns about the supermarket’s £600 million acquisition of a Co-op subsidiary or face an in-depth review.

14 March 2023

Blair group slams UK foreign investment regime

The foreign investment control regime that the UK government established last year is “vague” and puts the country’s security at risk, an advisory organisation set up by former prime minister Tony Blair has claimed.

14 March 2023

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