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. Read more.

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Apple’s bid to reveal ATE premiums refused by tribunal

Technology giant Apple has lost a bid to reveal a proposed representative claimant’s after-the-event insurance premiums, with the Competition Appeal Tribunal ruling that disclosure would provide an ‘unfair tactical advantage’ by revealing the insurers’ assessment of risk. The class action is seeking estimated damages of up to £1.5 billion. A hearing to decide whether to grant a CPO in the proposed claim brought by Dr Rachael Kent – who is represented by international disputes firm Hausfeld and backed by litigation funder Vannin Capital – is due to take place in May.

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Martenstyn to Step Down as Director of Clerking at 36 Stone

Paul Martenstyn is to leave barristers’ chambers 36 Stone following the completion of a project with his legal management consultancy Prosperant. The project saw Paul Martenstyn engaged as Director of Clerking to 36 Stone in a management consultancy programme which was revolutionary for the bar. Martenstyn had worked as a managing director of litigation funder Vannin Capital for two years before joining 36 Stone.

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Woodsford backs collective claim against Govia Thameslink Railway

Woodsford is backing a collective claim against Govia Thameslink Railway that was filed on Wednesday 24th November with London’s specialist competition court, the Competition Appeal Tribunal. The claim is estimated to be worth up to £77 million. The claim was filed by Mr Justin Gutmann, a consumer rail campaigner. He is represented by law firms Hausfeld and Charles Lyndon and barristers from Monckton Chambers.

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