Topic: Collective actions

Portuguese court rejects brewer’s attempt to dismiss RPM class action

Portugal’s specialist competition court has denied Super Bock’s request to dismiss a class action seeking damages against the brewer stemming from a €24 million fine for imposing minimum resale prices on its downstream retailers.

27 May 2022

Visa urges UK tribunal to adopt sector-wide pass-on rates for interchange fee claims

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal will be “swamped” with interchange fee litigation for the next decade unless it decides on sector-wide average pass-on rates that apply to the hundreds of retailer claims against Mastercard and Visa, the latter has argued.

24 May 2022

Collective and individual UK interchange fee claims could be heard together

The UK’s specialist competition tribunal is considering whether to combine proceedings in Walter Merricks’ multi-billion collective action against Visa and Mastercard with the scores of pending individual claims lodged by retailers when common issues such as pass-on arise.

23 May 2022

UK tribunal certifies £480 million class action against Qualcomm

The UK’s Competition Appeals Tribunal has certified its sixth opt-out collective action, allowing a claim for over £480 million to proceed against Qualcomm that alleges millions of consumers overpaid for mobile phones because of the chipmaker’s alleged abuse of dominance.

18 May 2022

CADE sanctions telecom operators for illegal consortium

Brazil’s antitrust watchdog has fined three of the country’s largest telecommunications service providers a combined €146 million for forming an unlawful consortium to win a public tender from a state-owned postal services provider for certain data transmission services.

12 May 2022

Scott + Scott instructs on UK power cables cartel class action

A former head of the UK’s gas regulator is seeking hundreds of millions of pounds from companies involved in the EU-wide power cables cartel on behalf of millions of UK consumers who allegedly overpaid for their electricity bills as a result of the collusion.

11 May 2022

Taiwan fines air-con makers and scallop importers in pair of cartel decisions

Taiwan’s competition authority has fined 15 domestic air conditioning companies for illegally agreeing to jointly reduce their warranty periods, while it has also hit six scallop importers with price-fixing fines.

11 May 2022

BT class action claim can proceed on opt-out basis, UK appellate court rules

A UK appellate court has dismissed BT’s attempt to overturn the certification of a class action claim against it on an opt-in basis, ruling that the country’s specialist competition tribunal has full discretion to certify a class action claim as opt-in or opt-out.

06 May 2022

UK government looks to speed up cases at specialist competition tribunal

The UK government has pledged to conduct a further “technical review” into the rules governing the country’s specialist competition tribunal after a consultation suggested several amendments to streamline its procedures.

21 April 2022

Apple faces €5 billion class action in the Netherlands

A Dutch consumer protection group has launched a standalone class action claim against Apple over its app store rules, partly based on fines imposed on the company by the country’s antitrust authority for failing to comply with an abuse of dominance decision.

04 April 2022

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