Work Area: Private Antitrust Litigation

Seventh Circuit rejects health clinic’s exclusive dealing claims

Allegations that Southern Illinois Hospital Services and its largest insurer entered into contracts that constitute illegal tying, exclusive dealing and monopolisation lack supporting evidence, a federal appellate court has ruled in affirming a lower court’s dismissal of the case.

19 July 2022

CAT dismisses academic gown supplier’s standalone abuse claim

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has dismissed a damages claim filed against the country’s largest supplier of graduation services, ruling that the defendant’s supply contracts with universities do not qualify as exclusive agreements.

18 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

Visa and Mastercard hit with additional UK interchange fee class actions

Visa and Mastercard face additional class-action lawsuits in the UK over their multilateral interchange fees after a group of merchant claimants filed four separate claims to the country’s specialist competition tribunal seeking damages for the allegedly unlawful charges.

12 July 2022

Germany’s highest court ends damages claim against enforcer

Germany's highest court has refused to hear agricultural trading company BayWa’s €73 million damages claim against the national competition authority for purportedly breaching its rights by allowing its rivals to avoid cartel fines through leniency.

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

Delaware court dismisses Accord claims in Seroquel antitrust litigation

Plaintiffs have failed to allege that AstraZeneca’s purported pay-for-delay agreement with Accord Healthcare harmed competition in the market for psychiatric medication Seroquel XR, a federal court has ruled.

07 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

German policy adviser supports break-up orders absent antitrust infringement

Germany’s Monopolies Commission has supported proposals to empower the country’s competition authority to break up companies without first finding an infringement of competition law.

05 July 2022

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