Supreme Court lowers the bar – Law Society’s Gazette

‘On 11 December, in a long-awaited judgment (and in perhaps unique circumstances), the Supreme Court dismissed Mastercard’s appeal in the “gargantuan” collective action brought by Walter Merricks CBE. In doing so, the court has markedly lowered the bar to be applied at the certification stage for competition collective actions. This judgment will have a significant impact on collective actions – which are still in their relative infancy – for years to come. Merricks’ claim will now return to the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), which will decide again (now with clear guidance from the Supreme Court) whether to certify the claim by granting a collective proceedings order (CPO).’

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Law Society's Gazette, 11th January 2021

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UK watchdog investigates chip maker Nvidia’s takeover of Arm – The Independent

Posted January 7th, 2021 in competition, consumer protection, licensed premises, news, takeovers by tracey

‘British regulators are investigating graphics chip maker Nvidia’s $40 billion purchase of chip designer Arm over concerns about its effect on competition.’

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The Independent, 6th January 2021

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Gambling Act review expected to spur reform – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 21st, 2020 in consumer protection, gambling, internet, news, regulations by sally

‘The UK government must be careful not to drive British consumers to unregulated gambling markets by imposing overly strict constraints on regulated providers of online gambling services, experts in gambling licensing and regulation have said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 18th December 2020

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Online harms bill: firms may face multibillion-pound fines for illegal content – The Guardian

Posted December 15th, 2020 in bills, child abuse, consumer protection, fines, internet, news, suicide, terrorism by tracey

‘Social media companies will need to remove and limit the spread of harmful content or face fines of billions of pounds, the UK government has announced, as it finally reveals the details of its proposed internet regulation. The online harms bill, first proposed by Theresa May’s government in April 2019, sets out strict new guidelines governing removal of illegal content such as child sexual abuse, terrorist material and media that promotes suicide, which sites must obey or face being blocked in the UK.’

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The Guardian, 15th December 2020

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Collective Actions in the Supreme Court – Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

‘The big news from today’s UK Supreme Court collective action decision in Mastercard v Merricks [2020] UKSC 51 is not only that Mr Merricks won and defeated the appeal, but that the Supreme Court approached the issues in a far more claimant-friendly way than even the Court of Appeal had done.’

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Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 11th December 2020

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Mastercard judgment ‘lowers bar’ for collective action – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Supreme Court’s ruling against Mastercard will make it easier for group damages claims to proceed to trial, commentators have said. However, the card issuer’s solicitors have stressed the “very unusual circumstances” of the judgment, in which justices were divided on key issues.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 11th December 2020

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PayPal ‘reward’ email rapped for misleading – BBC News

Posted December 9th, 2020 in advertising, consumer protection, electronic mail, news by sally

‘An email sent by payment giant PayPal which promised customers a reward of £10 for using their account did not make it clear enough that not everyone would receive it, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled.’

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BBC News, 9th December 2020

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New UK tech regulator to limit power of Google and Facebook – The Guardian

‘A new tech regulator will work to limit the power of Google, Facebook and other tech platforms, the government has announced, in an effort to ensure a level playing field for smaller competitors and a fair market for consumers.’

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The Guardian, 27th November 2020

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Post-Grenfell social housing reforms in England to be unveiled – The Guardian

‘Millions of tenants could be offered greater protection from wrongdoing by landlords in long-awaited social housing reforms to be announced this week, more than three years after the Grenfell Tower disaster.’

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The Guardian, 16th November 2020

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UK mobile phone firms to be banned from selling locked handsets – The Guardian

Posted October 28th, 2020 in consumer protection, news, ombudsmen, sale of goods, telecommunications by sally

‘Mobile phone companies are to be banned from selling devices that are locked into specific networks to make it easier for customers to switch providers.’

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The Guardian, 27th October 2020

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Legal loophole allows children to get free vape samples – The Guardian

Posted October 27th, 2020 in advertising, children, consumer protection, health, news, smoking by sally

‘Health campaigners have expressed alarm after it emerged that a loophole in the law means it is legal for marketing companies to hand out vapes to children for free.’

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The Guardian, 25th October 2020

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High charges for rural broadband investigated by Ofcom – BBC News

Posted October 16th, 2020 in consumer protection, internet, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘Ofcom is to investigate why BT is quoting some people thousands of pounds to get broadband connections.’

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BBC News, 15th October 2020

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Man denied £1.7m payout by Betfred takes fight to High Court – BBC News

Posted October 16th, 2020 in computer programs, consumer protection, contracts, gambling, interpretation, news by sally

‘A man who was refused a payout of £1.7m after his online betting company account was credited with the money is taking his case to the High Court.’

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BBC News, 16th October 2020

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Competition watchdog sides with water firms in row over plan to cut household bills – The Guardian

Posted September 30th, 2020 in competition, consumer protection, news, ombudsmen, water, water companies by sally

‘Britain’s competition watchdog has sided with water suppliers in a row over the regulator’s plan to reduce industry revenues in order to cut an average of £50 a year from water bills.’

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The Guardian, 29th September 2020

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‘No reason’ for egg freezing 10-year storage limit – BBC News

Posted September 30th, 2020 in consumer protection, medical treatment, news, pregnancy, time limits by sally

‘The 10-year limit for storing eggs frozen for social reasons could be scrapped to give people concerned about declining fertility more time and options, says a UK ethics body.’

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BBC News, 30th September 2020

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Competition watchdog takes enforcement action over leaseholds – The Guardian

‘The competition watchdog has launched enforcement action against four of the UK’s leading housing developers – Barratt, Persimmon, Taylor Wimpey and Countryside Properties – after an investigation uncovered evidence that leasehold homeowners and prospective buyers were being misled and charged excessive fees.’

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The Guardian, 4th September 2020

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Funeral directors overcharging bereaved by at least £400, watchdog says – The Guardian

‘UK consumers are typically being overcharged by at least £400 – and possibly a lot more – when they pay for a funeral, according to Britain’s competition watchdog.’

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The Guardian, 13th August 2020

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Watchdog warns UK high-cost lenders about exploitation – The Guardian

Posted August 7th, 2020 in advertising, complaints, consumer protection, debts, interest, loans, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘The UK’s financial watchdog has warned high-cost lenders about irresponsible repeat lending and exploitative marketing that risks pushing vulnerable borrowers into a cycle of debt.’

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The Guardian, 6th August 2020

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Revealed: Most barristers failing to comply with transparency rules – Legal Futures

Posted July 30th, 2020 in barristers, consumer protection, fees, legal services, news by sally

‘Little more than a third (37%) of barristers, chambers and firms regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) are fully complying with its rules on price and service transparency, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 30th July 2020

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Ofgem takes action on ‘unscrupulous’ UK energy brokers – The Guardian

Posted July 29th, 2020 in care homes, charities, consumer protection, energy, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘Regulators’ plans aim to stop energy brokers overcharging small businesses and local bodies including care homes.’

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The Guardian, 29th July 2020

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