Topic: Collective actions

UK interchange fees were lower than unlawful EEA rates, Mastercard argues

Mastercard’s unlawful European interchange fees played no role in the setting of UK rates as alleged in Walter Merricks’ £10.2 billion class action claim, the credit card company has argued to the country’s specialist competition tribunal.

28 July 2023

Trends in Class Certification

Featured in US Courts Annual Review - Edition 4

With class action suits on the rise, courts are continuing to perform their gate-keeping function at the certification stage. The issue of standing remains a critical focus, while questions are being raised of whether common issues are truly predominant.

28 July 2023

Mastercard’s unlawful EEA interchange fees influenced UK rates, Merricks argues

Mastercard has failed to demonstrate its anticompetitive European interchange fees did not act as a “starting point” in negotiations between banks to set UK rates, counsel to Walter Merricks has argued to the country’s specialist competition tribunal.

27 July 2023

UK Supreme Court deals blow to funders in collective claims

Litigation funders in UK collective antitrust claims have suffered a setback as the country’s highest court ruled in a landmark majority judgment that most funding agreements for competition class actions could be unenforceable.

26 July 2023

New class action targets Apple and Amazon

Hausfeld has launched a £500 million damages claim against Apple and Amazon, accusing the companies of unlawfully colluding to overcharge millions of UK customers for Apple products sold on Amazon’s marketplace platform.

26 July 2023

UK court upholds Trucks opt-in class action certification

Road Haulage Association can proceed with its certified opt-in class action against members of the EU trucks cartel, a UK appellate court has said - rejecting a rival claimant’s bid to overturn the dismissal of its own opt-out claim.

25 July 2023

Dutch court trims air cargo claims

A Dutch court has blocked dozens of subsidiaries from Unilever, Siemens, Parker Hannifin and ZF Group from claiming damages from the EU air cargo cartel, ruling two claims vehicles failed to present sufficient evidence the companies purchased freight forwarding services.

11 July 2023

Real estate companies seek to escape rent-fixing lawsuit

Rental software company RealPage and 40-plus real estate businesses are seeking the dismissal of allegations they conspired to raise prices, arguing the plaintiffs have failed to provide evidence of any agreement between the defendants.

11 July 2023

CAT orders split trial in train operator class actions

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has refused Justin Gutmann’s request to order a single trial in his class actions against three UK train operators, as the legal fees saved if certain hearings prove unnecessary would “greatly” outweigh the costs of splitting the case.

07 July 2023

Mastercard could have breached tribunal rules in witness statement preparation, CAT says

The presiding judge hearing Walter Merricks’ £10.2 billion class action against Mastercard today rebuked the credit company for potentially breaching the specialist competition tribunal’s rules on witness statements by allowing counsel to pen first drafts.

06 July 2023

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