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Competition Litigation

Our competition litigation practice is at the forefront of the market. With our help, clients gain competitive advantage by successfully navigating rapidly evolving competition litigation landscapes around the world.

We have leading expertise across all key competition enforcement centres. Our specialist competition litigators combine technical expertise with strategic advice to pursue or defend claims on behalf of our clients before national courts across Europe, before the EU courts, the US courts and elsewhere. We work seamlessly across offices to represent clients in multi-jurisdictional litigation, ensuring a common approach and streamlined efficiencies.

We advise and represent clients in large, complex, often funded private litigation and class actions for competition law breaches. We also advise on complex procedural and substantive issues arising in criminal and civil investigations and dawn raids conducted by national competition authorities and the European Commission, as well as associated appeals. We also advise on preliminary references to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

We assist clients by:

  • defending them against damages claims resulting from regulatory findings or standalone allegations of breaches of competition law, including collective actions
  • advising and representing them in actions for damages for breaches of competition law
  • advising on complex procedural and substantive issues arising in the context of criminal and civil investigations and dawn raids conducted by national competition authorities and the European Commission
  • advising on appeals against decisions of national competition and regulatory authorities and the European Commission
  • advising on various preliminary references to the Court of Justice of the European Union relating to the incompatibility of domestic legislation with EU law

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Examples of our current mandates

PlayStation

We represent Sony PlayStation in the highly publicised abuse of dominance competition class action brought in the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal.

Interchange fees

We represent a large payment services provider in numerous large, complex, funded group proceedings and opt-in and opt-out CPO class actions brought by major retailers in the UK, who allege that multilateral interchange fees on card transactions were levied in breach of EU and UK competition laws. We also advise in respect of threatened and live parallel proceedings in Germany, Belgium and Israel.

Foreign exchange

We represent a major global bank in defence of large group proceedings brought by financial institutions in the UK and in the US alleging breach of EU, UK and US competition laws relating to FX benchmark manipulation.

Air cargo

We represent three major airlines in damages actions relating to the air cargo cartel before English, Dutch and US courts, involving large numbers of claimants from diverse sectors and raising novel points of law.

Car parts

We represent a major car parts manufacturer in respect of threatened and issued competition damages proceedings in the English and German courts relating to the Commission’s thermal systems and alternators and starters decisions.

CRT/CRT glass

We represent a major electronics group in proceedings brought in Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark in respect of the CRT and CRT glass cartels. We also successfully challenged the jurisdiction of the English courts at first instance in parallel proceedings brought before the English High Court.

ATM fees

We represent a large payment services provider in numerous large proceedings brought by German banks and a UK ATM operator before the German and UK courts, who allege that direct access fees on cash withdrawals were levied in breach of EU, German and UK competition laws.

Phones

We represent a defendant in UK High Court proceedings brought by Phones4U, which alleges that various telecom operators acted in concert to engineer its downfall by unlawfully colluding to terminate supply of phones to the retailer.

Orange juice

We represent a defendant in group litigation brought by a large number of fruit growers in the UK against Brazil’s largest orange juice producer alleging price-fixing and related cartel activities.

Digital Store

We represent an interactive entertainment company in defence of a class action alleging that it has abused a dominant position in the interactive entertainment market.

Online price comparison

We represented a large comparison website in its successful appeal of a 2020 infringement decision by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority and parallel opt-out collective action issued in the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal by Home Insurance Consumer Action, which has now been withdrawn in light of the successful appeal.

Pharmaceutical products

We represent two companies in respect of appeals against decisions of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority finding excessive pricing in the pharmaceuticals sector and associated litigation risk.

Internet search

We represent a technology company in its UK High Court action alleging various abuses of dominance by Google and its intervention in Google’s appeal against the Commission’s comparison-shopping decision.

AdBlue

We advise a major car manufacturer in respect of threatened and existing litigation in the UK relating to the Commission’s AdBlue decision.

App Store

We represent a multinational technology group in a class action filed by a local consumer association in Portugal alleging abuse of dominance in respect of practices relating to our client’s App Store.

Electronic complaints book

We represent a multinational technology group in a class action filed by a local consumer association relating to the implementation of the electronic complaints book in the Portuguese market.

Beauty products

We advise a global beauty and healthcare group in an appeal against a decision of the Portuguese Competition Authority in relation to an alleged price fixing agreement in the Portuguese beauty and healthcare retail distribution market.

Coffee

We represent a multinational food and beverage company against a putative nationwide class action in the Southern District of New York alleging tying and deceptive warranty claims.

Bitumen

We represent a contribution defendant in Dutch civil litigation proceedings in relation to the alleged Dutch bitumen cartel.

Medical gas

We represent a medical gas supplier in the first abuse of dominance prosecution before the Hong Kong Competition Tribunal.

Ingredients

We represent a leading food ingredient manufacturer in the first prosecution of alleged resale price maintenance in the Hong Kong Competition Tribunal.

Technology

We represented a party in the first cartel prosecution in the Hong Kong Competition Tribunal and the Court of Appeal and related settlement process.

Power cables

We represent a defendant in relation to appeals of the European Commission’s power cables decision and in related follow-on proceedings and contribution claims in the Netherlands and the UK.

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