Topic: Collective actions

Former CMA chair files first UK crypto competition class action claim

Lord David Currie, former chair of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority, has filed the country’s first proposed collective antitrust action in the digital assets market, seeking over £9.9 billion in damages from four leading cryptocurrency exchanges.

04 August 2022

Overlapping class actions present novel scenario for Portuguese regime

Two recently filed parallel opt-out class actions against Apple and Google that mirror a pair of lawsuits launched against the same companies earlier this year will force Portugal’s specialist competition court to decide for the first time how to handle overlapping claims.

29 July 2022

UK appeals court takes permissive approach to exploitative abuse class actions

A UK appellate court has endorsed the use of aggregate liability in class actions and broadly interpreted the concept of abuse in a decision upholding the certification of a £93 million collective claim against a pair of train operators.

28 July 2022

Israeli Supreme Court modifies excessive pricing test in landmark Coca-Cola decision

The Supreme Court of Israel has ordered a district court to reassess its decision to certify a class action claim accusing Coca-Cola of excessive pricing, while it also confirmed for the first time that collective actions can be based on such infringements.

27 July 2022

UK tribunal certifies £400 million class action against train operator

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has confirmed it can appoint multiple individuals to spearhead a class action, but declined to do so while certifying an opt-out abuse of dominance claim against Govia Thameslink Railway.

26 July 2022

CAT certifies class action against Google

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has certified the country’s seventh opt-out collective action, allowing a claim for £920 million to proceed against Google for allegedly charging app makers “excessive and unfair” fees in order to reap “massive” profits.

18 July 2022

Train claimants ask UK tribunal to certify two class representatives

A pair of rail campaigners have argued that the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal is not legally barred from appointing them both to lead a class action lawsuit against Govia Thameslink Railway, while the train company urged it not to certify the case at all.

14 July 2022

DOJ supports plaintiffs alleging university financial aid cartel

The Department of Justice has sided with student plaintiffs in a class action alleging that a group of elite universities conspired to reduce the amount of financial aid they provide, arguing that the agreement “eliminates an important dimension of price competition among schools”.

11 July 2022

UK tribunal opposes sampling to establish pass-on for interchange fee claims

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal will not use a sample of test cases to assess whether businesses claiming damages as a result of Mastercard and Visa’s illegal interchange fees passed on any losses.

08 July 2022

Fender hit with first UK RPM class action

A consumer rights advocate has filed the UK’s first proposed collective action seeking damages for alleged resale price maintenance, with a claim against Fender that follows on from the instrument maker’s £4.5 million fine from the country’s antitrust enforcer.

06 July 2022

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