Topic: Follow-on claims

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

Roofing-cartel victim drops follow-on damages claim against suppliers

A roofing supply broker has withdrawn its follow-on damages claim against two of the UK’s largest suppliers of rolled lead, whose two-year price-fixing and market-sharing cartel forced it into bankruptcy in 2017.

24 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

German court issues first rulings in sugar cartel follow-on litigation

A German court has ordered three sugar producers to pay Nestlé and Müller several million euros in damages, potentially firing the starting gun for around 40 other pending lawsuits to progress against the same market sharing cartel.

26 June 2023

Snoep: enforcers must not subject cartel victims to “litigation Valhalla”

The head of the Dutch competition authority has said his agency is examining how to compensate the victims of cartels through settlement and commitment decisions so as to help them avoid “litigation Valhalla” when seeking damages.

20 June 2023

Damages Directive has “stabilised” cartels, EU official says

The EU’s Damages Directive is both facilitating and preventing cartels, a senior official at the European Commission has said.

12 June 2023

European courts should respect UK rulings in private damages cases, Smith says

The president of the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has urged European courts to continue to “respect and consider” the country’s judgments in antitrust litigation cases post-Brexit.

12 June 2023

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