Sony could face £5bn in legal claims over PlayStation game charges – The Guardian

Posted August 26th, 2022 in appeals, competition, consumer protection, damages, news, video games by tracey

‘Sony has been overcharging PlayStation gamers for six years, a new legal claim alleges, and could be forced to pay almost £5bn in damages if the claim succeeds.’

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The Guardian, 22nd August 2022

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Compare The Market ruling ‘not green light’ for price restriction clauses – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 12th, 2022 in appeals, competition, fines, insurance, news, tribunals by tracey

‘A recent UK ruling does not mean that clauses in contracts that place restrictions on the price suppliers can offer products or services on other sales channels beyond their own are acceptable under competition law, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th August 2022

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Monopolies watchdog orders sale of searches firm – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 4th, 2022 in competition, news, sale of land, takeovers by tracey

‘A multinational legal and financial software business has been ordered to sell a British property searches firm in a rare intervention by the monopolies watchdog. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) revealed today that an investigation had concluded that last year’s £91.5m acquisition of TM Group by Dye & Durham “substantially lessens competition in the supply of property search services in England and Wales”.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 3rd August 2022

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Court of Appeal warns of “perverse incentives” from litigation funding – Legal Futures

‘The Court of Appeal yesterday highlighted the importance of judicial control over costs to ensure that the involvement of third-party litigation funders does not create perverse incentives.’

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Legal Futures, 29th July 2022

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CMA provisionally finds construction firm cartels rigged £150m of contracts – The Independent

Posted June 24th, 2022 in competition, construction industry, contracts, fines, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘A group of 10 construction firms illegally colluded to rig bids for £150 million of major contracts, according to provisional findings by the UK competition watchdog.’

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The Independent, 24th June 2022

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Apple faces £768m collective action for ‘throttling’ iPhones – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 17th, 2022 in class actions, competition, consumer protection, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘Technology giant Apple is facing a £768m collective action over claims it secretly “throttled” iPhones with software updates to disguise overloaded batteries.
Consumer champion Justin Gutmann, formerly of Citizens Advice, is bringing the case on behalf of around 25 million people against Apple for allegedly abusing its market dominance by concealing a ‘power management tool’ in updates which reduced iPhones’ performance by up to 58%.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 16th June 2022

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New Judgment: Competition and Markets Authority v Flynn Pharma Ltd and another, and Competition and Markets Authority v Pfizer Inc and another [2022] UKSC 14 – UKSC Blog

Posted May 27th, 2022 in appeals, competition, costs, news, ombudsmen, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Respondent is a public body tasked with investigating companies suspected of breaching competition law and penalising those found to have done so. The Appellants are both pharmaceutical companies fined by the CMA and both appealed to the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) challenging the CMA’s decision. The CAT allowed the appeals in part, set aside part of the CMA’s decision, and remitted the case to the CMA for reconsideration.’

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UKSC Blog, 25th May 2022

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Court of Appeal refuses injunction to enforce 12 month non-compete covenant – Blackstone Chambers

‘In Planon v Gilligan [2022] EWCA Civ 642 the Court of Appeal refused to grant an injunction to enforce a 12-month non-compete covenant that had only four months left to run by the time of the appellate hearing.’

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Blackstone's Chambers, 20th May 2022

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Planon v Gilligan: Court of Appeal considers interim enforcement of non-competes – Littleton Chambers

‘Lucy Bone discusses the CA’s judgment in Planon v. Gilligan, which considered the correct approach to enforceability of a non-compete covenant at an interim injunction, and how to apply the second and third limbs of American Cyanamid in such cases.’

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Littleton Chambers, 17th May 2022

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Five things that are new under the Subsidy Control Act – Mills & Reeve

Posted May 12th, 2022 in competition, EC law, legislation, news, state aids, treaties by sally

‘On 28 April 2022, the Subsidy Control Bill received Royal Assent and became the Subsidy Control Act 2022. The Act is expected to come into force in autumn 2022. Until then, the provisions of the Subsidy Control Chapter of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the UK and EU will continue to apply. This article highlights five things that will change when the Act comes into force.’

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Mills & Reeve, 10th May 2022

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Court of Appeal backs decision to make collective action opt-out – Legal Futures

‘The difficulty of people signing up to a collective action and the availability of third-party funding were legitimate factors to take into account in making it opt-out, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 9th May 2022

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UK consumer law enforcement powers to be bolstered – OUT-LAW.com

‘Businesses that breach UK consumer protection laws will be subject to fines of up to 10% of their annual global turnover under changes to legislation the UK government has committed to making.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st April 2022

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UK to make fake reviews illegal and tackle ‘subscription traps’ – The Guardian

Posted April 20th, 2022 in competition, consumer protection, deceit, internet, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘Fake reviews are to be outlawed and consumers will have more chances to get out of subscriptions they do not want under a package of measures proposed by the UK government to stop people being ripped off online.’

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The Guardian, 20th April 2022

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Competition watchdog probes Mitie over immigration centre contracts – The Independent

Posted March 4th, 2022 in competition, government departments, immigration, news, public procurement by tracey

‘The UK competition regulator has launched an investigation into whether outsourcing firm Mitie Group has broken competition law in relation to a procurement process for immigration removal centre contracts run by the Home Office.’

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The Independent, 4th March 2022

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Competition watchdog accepts Google’s privacy changes – The Independent

‘The competition watchdog has accepted proposed changes made by Google to the way it uses customer data.’

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The Independent, 11th February 2022

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Court of Appeal dismisses appeal over council waste collection and alleged state aid – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 3rd, 2022 in competition, EC law, local government, news, state aids, waste by sally

‘Durham County Council did not abuse its position when it ran a commercial waste service with which private firms competed, the Court of Appeal has concluded.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd February 2022

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UK watchdog to study music streaming amid claims of raw deal for artists and fans – The Guardian

Posted January 28th, 2022 in artistic works, competition, internet, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘The UK’s competition watchdog has launched an in-depth study into the booming music streaming market, to assess whether the big record labels and services such as Spotify hold “excessive power”, and whether artists and fans are getting a fair deal.’

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The Guardian, 27th January 2022

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Mastercard fined £31.5m for operating cartel in pre-paid card market – The Independent

Posted January 18th, 2022 in competition, consumer credit, fines, news by tracey

‘Mastercard is among five firms that have been fined £33m by regulators for operating cartels in which they agreed not to poach each others customers for pre-paid cards.’

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The Independent, 18th January 2022

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Meta faces billion-pound class-action case – BBC News

Posted January 14th, 2022 in appeals, class actions, competition, damages, data protection, internet, news, privacy by tracey

‘Up to 44 million UK Facebook users could share £2.3bn in damages, according to a competition expert intending to sue parent company Meta.’

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BBC news, 14th January 2022

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Class actions in England and Wales – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 10th, 2022 in civil procedure rules, class actions, competition, news by tracey

‘There has been a growing impetus in recent years to enable individuals in the UK to come together to bring the same or similar claims against those they believe are responsible for wrongdoing. These claims are commonly known as “class actions”, a term particularly popular in US litigation, though they are also often referred to as “group actions” or “collective actions” too. However, in fact, the various terms describe a range of different procedures. In this guide, which focuses on the position in England and Wales, we use the overarching phrase “mass actions”.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 7th January 2022

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