Work Area: Private Antitrust Litigation

Class actions brought on behalf of businesses face “rocky road”, barrister warns

A significant difference in how the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has treated class action claims brought on behalf of consumers and businesses means the latter likely face a “rocky road” in future, a leading competition barrister has said.

06 October 2022

Canadian court sends Amazon claims to arbitration

Canada’s Federal Court has ordered Amazon purchasers to arbitrate their claims that the online retailer’s “fair pricing” policy amounts to price-fixing.

05 October 2022

Oil companies evade price-fixing suit

A federal judge has scrapped allegations from consumers and gas station owners that eight major US oil refineries including BP, Chevron and Exxon Mobil conspired to raise gas prices in California.

04 October 2022

United States: antitrust in organised sports

Featured in Americas Antitrust Review 2023

Key antitrust litigation and enforcement in organised US sports from January 2021 to June 2022 significantly impacted amateur athletics in the NCAA and professional baseball, golf and soccer.

30 September 2022

United States: private antitrust litigation in the labour market

Featured in Americas Antitrust Review 2023

The parallel development of US government enforcement and private antitrust litigation relating to labour markets raises the importance of three topics for stakeholders: no-poach agreements; non-compete agreements; and agreements to fix wages.

30 September 2022

United States: pharmaceutical antitrust

Featured in Americas Antitrust Review 2023

The past year has continued to see an increase in US case law and other developments in the area of pharmaceutical antitrust.

30 September 2022

CAT member acknowledges tribunal’s “heavy responsibility” at certification stage

A judge at the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has said he was surprised by senior courts’ “strong support” for the country’s relatively new class action regime and their “relatively expansionist idea of how it should operate”.

23 September 2022

Fifth Circuit declines to revive hospital threat-and-accession claims

A former Louisiana State University hospital affiliate failed to allege that Willis-Knighton Medical Center exploited the university’s financial instability to anticompetitive ends, a federal appellate court has ruled.

21 September 2022

Surgeon certification board accused of monopolising renewal classes

The national board for certifying surgical technicians and assistants has conspired to eliminate competition for offering educational classes, a professional group representing those assistants has alleged.

13 September 2022

Google faces follow-on actions for self-preferencing in online ad market

Publishers will file follow-on damages claims against Google in the UK and the Netherlands, seeking up to €25 billion in compensation after France’s Competition Authority sanctioned the technology company last year for favouring its own online advertising services over rivals.

13 September 2022

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