Topic: Collective actions

A Q&A with Rachael Kent

UK-based academic Rachael Kent filed a class action claim against Apple in May 2021, seeking £1.5 billion in damages on behalf of an estimated 19.6 million consumers who allegedly overpaid for their applications due to the company’s apparently anticompetitive practices on its App Store. Kent spoke to GCR about why the claim was a no-brainer and why she was unwilling to wait for agencies to conclude their own investigations into Apple before launching the proposed class action.

04 March 2022

UK tribunal certifies fourth class action

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has certified the country’s fourth opt-out collective action, allowing a claim for up to £150 million to proceed against shipping companies found to have fixed prices for roll-on, roll-off vehicle transportation services.

21 February 2022

A Q&A with Justin Le Patourel

Justin Le Patourel’s damages claim against telecoms company BT became only the second class action to be certified by the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal in September 2021. Ahead of an appeal hearing scheduled for next month, Le Patourel spoke to GCR about the case, his experience of the UK’s class action regime, the importance of opt-out claims for especially vulnerable consumers and the creation of a network of UK-based class representatives.

18 February 2022

Google loses disclosure bid over lawyers fees in UK class action claim

The UK’s specialist competition tribunal has refused to let Google know how much class representative Liz Coll will pay her legal team if her £920 million competition class action claim against the tech company is successful.

08 February 2022

Car manufacturers face UK collective actions over emissions collusion

Law firm Leigh Day has filed collective claims against BMW and the Volkswagen Group on behalf of 211 vehicle purchasers that allege they were harmed by a cartel that agreed not to compete over emissions technology in diesel cars.

28 January 2022

UK class action claim seeks £2.3 billion from Facebook

Facebook’s parent company Meta is facing a landmark £2.3 billion opt-out antitrust class action claim on behalf of an estimated 44 million UK consumers for allegedly abusing its dominance by illegally exploiting the personal data of its users.

14 January 2022

Mastercard and Merricks squabble over class definition

Walter Merricks has asked the UK’s specialist competition tribunal to expand his class action against Mastercard to include representatives of people who had a valid claim for damages but died in the five years since the case began.

14 January 2022

Portugal accuses pay-TV providers of advertising collusion

The Portuguese Competition Authority has accused three of the country's largest pay-TV operators and an information technology consultancy of colluding to force consumers to watch advertising clips on pre-recorded programmes.

16 December 2021

UK tribunal refuses to pause class action claim against train operator

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has declined a train operator’s request to stay proceedings in an opt-out class action claim that alleges it inflates ticket prices on the London to Brighton train route.

16 December 2021

CADE opens swathe of cartel probes

Brazil’s antitrust watchdog has launched four separate cartel investigations this week into suspected anticompetitive conduct in the markets for waste collection and disposal, network cable supply, school transportation services and ethanol trading.

15 December 2021

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