Topic: Excessive pricing

UK tribunal certifies class action claim against Apple

The UK’s Competition Appeals Tribunal has certified its fifth opt-out collective action, allowing a claim for up to £1.5 billion to proceed against Apple that accuses the technology company of hitting millions of users with “exorbitant and unjustified charges”.

05 May 2022

Consumer-side value “key” to determining unfair pricing, Apple tells UK tribunal

Apple has accused a proposed class representative of refusing to consider what the company’s products are worth to developers and users when she alleged it unfairly and excessively priced its apps and in-app subscriptions for millions of UK users.

04 May 2022

CMA helps extend Aspen’s EU commitments to UK following Brexit

Aspen has agreed that price reductions it offered the European Commission in 2019 to end an excessive pricing probe into certain cancer treatments should also apply to the UK’s National Health Service following the country’s exit from the EU.

28 April 2022

Italy punishes ferry operator for excessive pricing

Italy’s Competition Authority has fined a ferry operator €3.7 million after finding the company charged excessive prices on a ferry transportation route between Sicily and the country’s southern region of Calabria.

12 April 2022

Cost of living crisis likely a consumer protection issue, CMA official says

Consumer protection toolkits as opposed to abuse of dominance powers are best suited to combatting the global cost of living crisis exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a senior official at the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has said.

08 April 2022

BT challenges certification of opt-out excessive pricing claim

Telecoms company BT has told an appeals court in London that the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal was wrong to certify a class-action lawsuit against it on an opt-out basis because the class representative can contact practically all members of the class.

15 March 2022

CMA warns Supreme Court about “chilling effect” of adverse costs orders

The public interest served by a regulatory authority defending its decisions in court displaces the general rule that it should pay the appellants’ legal costs when it loses, the UK’s antitrust enforcer has argued to the country’s highest court.

23 February 2022

CMA should pay appeal costs when it loses, top UK court told

The UK’s Supreme Court has kicked off a two-day hearing to determine if the Competition and Markets Authority should be forced to pay companies’ legal costs when they successfully appeal against its decisions.

22 February 2022

Russia probes major telecoms provider for excessive pricing

Russia’s antitrust watchdog is investigating whether one of the country’s leading telecommunications companies unlawfully increased the price of its services for 28 million customers, three months after one of its rivals was fined for the same conduct.

22 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

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