Augusta Ventures announces new promotion

UK-based Augusta Ventures has promoted Simon Latham to Head of Competition. He provides non-recourse finance for both plaintiffs and law firms in the UK and across the the EU and leads the competition and antitrust disputes team. Simon’s been recognized by Who’s Who Legal Thought Leaders: Third-Party Funding 2020, as “a well-known name in litigation funding, where he stands out for his adept handling of high-value competition disputes and group action proceedings.”

Prior to joining Augusta, Simon was a Solicitor at Hausfeld.  He acted exclusively for claimants in competition and commercial litigation, often on a funded basis. He also has experience of coordinating litigation on behalf of groups of claimants, as well as managing disputes in other European jurisdictions.

Simon is the current editor of the Third-Party Litigation Funding Law Review. He holds an LLM in Intellectual Property Law and a Postgraduate Diploma in Competition Law from King’s College London.

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Apple, Google hit with collective claims in Portugal

Eskariam, a Spanish legal services company specialising in collective claims, is financing the early stage costs of collective competition claims against Apple and Google that have been filed with the Portuguese Competition Court. The claims aim to recover compensation of up to €198 million. Portuguese firms J+Legal and Cardigos are leading the claims, with support from Hausfeld and Eskariam.

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Competition Appeal Tribunal rejects Apple’s attempt to weaken collective lawsuit

In a significant development for millions who use Apple’s UK App Store, the Competition Appeal Tribunal has refused Apple’s attempt to limit the consumer claim led by Dr Rachael Kent, which alleges abuses of competition law that result in systematic overcharging for apps and in-app purchases by Apple. Dr Kent’s legal claim will now proceed in full to trial, putting added pressure on Apple amid mounting efforts around the world to hold it to account for alleged anticompetitive practices. Dr Kent is being represented by Hausfeld, with barristers from Monckton Chambers, Brick Court Chambers and 4 New Square. Vannin Capital is funding the claim.

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