Vannin backing collective action against Apple

Vannin Capital is backing a representative opt-out collective action filed in the Competition Appeal Tribunal in London against Apple for allegedly overcharging millions of UK users for apps and other purchases made on its market-leading App Store. The class action is seeking estimated damages of up to £1.5 billion. Hausfeld is leading the litigation, along with Brick Court Chambers and Monckton Chambers. Read more.

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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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Vannin backs Australian class actions over app store commissions

Vannin Capital is backing two new class actions commenced in the Federal Court of Australia against Apple and Google. The claims, filed by Phi Finney McDonald on behalf of the lead applicants, allege that the tech giants engaged in anti-competitive conduct in relation to the operation of their app stores. By routinely charging a 30% commission to app developers and limiting their ability to distribute apps outside of the app stores, it is alleged that Apple and Google limited competition in the market which resulted in higher prices for consumers.

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