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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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Toyota faces $2 billion class action as 260,000 Aussies affected by ‘defective’ vehicles

Car giant Toyota is appealing an Australian class action ruling that could see more than 260,000 consumers receive damages totalling an eye-watering $2 billion. The Federal Court ruled against Toyota in a landmark judgment in April. Toyota will be challenging the “factual and legal basis for the award of damages. Commenced in 2019 with the backing of Balance Legal Capital, the class action centres on faulty diesel particulate filters used in the affected vehicles.

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