Topic: Collective actions

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

Correction: £10.2 billion class action fails on causation, Mastercard argues

Walter Merricks’ blockbuster class action claim against Mastercard fails to prove UK consumers suffered any losses since the credit card company’s unlawful Europe-wide interchange fees did not impact the fees it charged in the UK, the country’s specialist competition tribunal has heard.

05 July 2023

Economist’s Perspective: collective proceedings surge amid uptick of UK unfair pricing disputes

Featured in Europe, Middle East and Africa Antitrust Review 2024

Dr Kent v Apple and Dr Gormsen v Meta typify the rising tide of UK collective proceedings involving excessive pricing that are receiving increased scrutiny from the CAT on the effects of exploitative abuse.

30 June 2023

Full stable of experts needed to counter Google advantage in Android case, UK tribunal told

The claimant in a £920 million opt-out collective action against Google has said they must be allowed to call on multiple expert witnesses to “level the playing field” against the tech company.

21 June 2023

Response to update on the economic implications of the Robinson-Patman Act

Featured in Class actions hub 2022/2023

Irving Scher of Hausfeld, LLP responds to the GCR Class Actions Hub Economist’s perspective on Volvo v Reeder and the economic implications of the Robinson-Patman Act.

09 June 2023

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