Topic: Standalone claims

A Q&A with the founder of ValueLicensing

ValueLicensing, a UK-based reseller of pre-owned Microsoft software, filed a standalone claim in the High Court of England and Wales in April seeking upwards of £270 million in damages from Microsoft. The latter responded last month by challenging ValueLicensing’s jurisdiction to bring its case and by filing a motion to strike out the claim, with the court scheduling a hearing for March 2022. Charley Connor spoke to Jonathan Horley, the start-up’s founder and managing director, about what drove him to file the claim and how he believes Microsoft has used anticompetitive contractual clauses and discounts to stop its business customers from reselling licences to use its desktop software.

19 August 2021

Telecom Italia and Vodafone settle five antitrust claims

Telecom Italia and Vodafone have agreed to end all legal disputes between themselves, including five antitrust cases that saw Vodafone seeking more than €2 billion in damages from Italy’s leading telecommunications provider.

12 August 2021

Google faces £920 million UK class action over app store rules

Plaintiff law firm Hausfeld is spearheading a proposed class action against Google that seeks almost £1 billion on behalf of 19.5 million UK consumers that allegedly overpaid for in-app content as a result of the company’s application store restrictions.

29 July 2021

UK tribunal dismisses standalone abuse claim against Coca Cola bottler

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has thrown out a standalone damages claim brought by a drinks wholesaler against Coca Cola’s European bottler, emphasising that a breach of competition law is a “very serious allegation” that needs “proper and careful pleading”.

27 July 2021

BT asks UK tribunal to dismiss €469 million damages claim

BT has argued that the UK’s specialist competition tribunal should throw out a proposed class action seeking €469 million in damages on behalf of 2.3 million UK consumers that the telecommunications provider allegedly overcharged for landline services.

24 June 2021

UK court sides with Google in Kelkoo disclosure dispute

A UK court has ruled that Google does not have to risk exposing business secrets by explaining each claim of confidentiality that it makes when disclosing information in a comparison shopping service’s standalone damages claim against it.

21 June 2021

Newcastle United owner takes fans’ antitrust complaint to the CAT

The owner of Newcastle United Football Club has filed a standalone damages claim to the UK’s specialist competition tribunal, alleging that the English Premier League’s review into the club’s proposed takeover by a Saudi Arabian-led consortium breached competition rules.

07 May 2021

National courts can expand air cargo damages claims, AG Bobek says

National courts can award victims of the air cargo cartel damages for collusion that affected certain routes before EU competition rules became effective in 2004, an EU advocate-general has said.

06 May 2021

UK wholesaler files damages claim against Coca-Cola bottler

A UK food and drink supplier has filed a standalone abuse of dominance claim in the country's specialist competition tribunal against a Coca-Cola bottler for allegedly obtaining its customers' details to supply them directly.

26 April 2021

Microsoft faces £270 million standalone damages claim

A UK-based reseller of pre-owned Microsoft software is seeking at least £270 million from the technology company to account for damages that it claims it suffered as a result of Microsoft’s abuse of dominance.

08 April 2021

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