Apple and Google lose early bids to view sensitive funding information in separate collective actions in the UK

Lesley Hannah, Kio Gwilliam and Sofie Edwards of Hausfeld share that recently, in separate proceedings, both Apple and Google have lost in quick succession early bids to access sensitive information relating to the funding of the collective actions which allege abuses of dominance in relation to their respective app stores and argue that, in determining these issues, the Tribunal has struck the correct balance between the need for transparency in collective proceedings whilst also affording proposed class representatives with the necessary level of confidentiality in respect of their funding arrangements so as not to prejudice their prospects of success. Read more.

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