Topic: Collective actions

Claimant suing Meta and Google offers undertakings to resolve conflict of interest

A class representative suing Meta and Google in Australia for allegedly conspiring to ban all crypto-related advertising has offered commitments to resolve a perceived conflict of interest stemming from his dual roles as class representative and head of the litigation funder.

03 February 2023

Crypto class action doomed by fatal conflict of interest, Meta argues

Counsel to Facebook and Google have argued that an Australian court should dismiss a class action alleging they conspired to ban all crypto-related advertising because the class representative also runs the company funding the lawsuit.

02 February 2023

UPDATED: CAT president declines to invite CMA to join Meta certification process

The president of the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has decided not to ask the country’s antitrust authority to intervene in the certification proceedings for a £2.3 billion proposed class action against Meta Platforms, although he encouraged the agency to join future private litigation if it “has something to say” in the public interest.

01 February 2023

Meta resists certification of “onerous” UK class action

Counsel to Meta Platforms has attacked the claimant’s methodology in a £2.3 billion proposed class action before the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal, calling the claim an “onerous piece of litigation” that ignores the value users place on the social media service.

31 January 2023

The California gasoline conspiracy: plaintiffs’ evidence

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The fourth part of an extended analysis into Persian Gulf and Richard Bartlett explores how the court applied a theory of conspiracy that made economic sense for the conspirators.

31 January 2023

CAT questions loss to class in Meta collective action

The president of the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has questioned how claimants in a £2.3 billion class action claim against Meta will prove the company’s alleged illegal exploitation of its users’ data caused monetary loss to the class.

30 January 2023

The California gasoline conspiracy: conscious parallelism and plus factors

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The third instalment of this five-part series explores how the plaintiffs’ evidence was inferential at best and how the court used the Ninth Circuit’s two-step framework to assess whether such evidence supported the price-fixing allegations.

24 January 2023

Mastercard could have charged lawful MIFs in Merricks counterfactual, counsel argues

Counsel to Mastercard has claimed that the European Commission did not find all interchange fees to be unlawful as part of its infringement decision against the company and it could have charged legal rates absent its anticompetitive scheme.

17 January 2023

The California gasoline conspiracy: plaintiffs' allegations

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While California’s unique supply chain and gasoline market could explain the increase in gasoline prices, the plaintiffs maintain that the unprecedented spikes were instead the result of anticompetitive conduct.

17 January 2023

Merricks urges CAT to reject Mastercard’s counterfactual arguments in multi-billion pound class action

Walter Merricks has accused Mastercard of seeking “another bite of the cherry” in attempting to argue that absent its interchange infringement the credit card company would have set its fees at the highest possible rate that was legally allowed.

16 January 2023

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