Augusta Ventures backs collective claim against Qualcomm

Augusta Ventures is backing an opt-out collective claim by UK consumer champion Which? against Qualcomm for over £480 million, on behalf of a class of millions of UK consumers. The claim alleges that Qualcomm abused its dominance in the markets for smartphone chipsets and standard essential patents, leading to higher smartphone prices for consumers. Hausfeld is acting for Which? in the matter. Read more.

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Augusta Ventures backs potential class action against Uber

Augusta Ventures has had its litigation funding agreement approved by an Ontario court for a proposed class action in Canada against Uber. The plaintiffs allege that Uber breached its employment contracts with drivers and delivery people and contravened Ontario’s Employment Standards Act. They also plead that Uber is liable for unjust enrichment and negligence. The putative class may be as large as 366,359 persons who have provided at least one ride or delivery using the Uber App. Augusta is paying the disbursements incurred by class counsel, providing security for costs, and will pay any adverse costs order. It will receive 8-10% of the proceeds awarded, plus reimbursement for all payments advanced and a funder administration fee. The motion for certification of the class action has been argued and is currently under reserve.

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Vannin backs claim against Google

Vannin Capital is backing a claim filed by Hausfeld in the Competition Appeal Tribunal against Google on behalf of an estimated 19.5 million eligible UK users of smartphones and tablets running on Google’s Android operating system. The claim alleges that Google unfairly restricts consumers from accessing potential competition from other app distributors, by requiring smartphone manufacturers to pre-install a bundle of Google’s proprietary apps and services including the Google Play Store as well as imposing other contractual and technical restrictions. Estimated damages run up to £920 million.

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Private lawyers with ties to D.C. AG’s office could get up to $55 million to sue Amazon

Hausfeld LLP has scored a contingency fee contract so potentially lucrative that it includes a stipulation that the firm can’t take more than $55 million in fees. District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine has chosen the firm to file an antitrust lawsuit against Amazon for allegedly keeping third-party sellers on the site from offering their products elsewhere for lower prices, ensuring that they’d be sold on Amazon and the company could keep a percentage.

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