Archive for the 'price fixing' Category

Court of Appeal dismisses US-style class action bid – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Court of Appeal has dismissed an attempt to bring a US-style class action against British Airways for participating in an airfreight price-fixing cartel, just nine days after the European Commission (EC) fined the airline more than €100m (£85m) for its role in the cartel and told claimants that they could seek damages in national courts.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th November 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Emerald Supplies Ltd and another v British Airways plc – WLR Daily

Emerald Supplies Ltd and another v British Airways plc [2010] EWCA Civ 1284; [2010] WLR (D) 294

“For a case to fall within CPR r 19.6, a claimant who had brought a representative action on behalf of the claimant and other representative claimants had to show at all stages of the proceedings that the interest of the claimant and all potential represented claimants was same.”

WLR Daily, 19th November 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Drug companies ‘exploit legal loophole’ – Daily Telegraph

“Senior doctors have written to David Cameron calling for action over a legal loophole that enables drug companies to set ‘exorbitant prices’ for drugs to treat rare diseases.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th November 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

OFT launches online hotel booking probe – OUT-LAW.com

“The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is investigating whether the sale of hotel room bookings on the internet breaches competition law, looking into whether an allegedly long-established pricing mechanism is anti-competitive.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th September 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Regina v George and others – WLR Daily

Regina v George and others [2010] EWCA Crim 1148; [2010] WLR (D) 147

“Where a statute imposed criminal liability on an individual who dishonestly agreed with one or more other people to do a prohibited act, the intention and purpose was to criminalise that individual, regardless of whether those other persons were also dishonest.”

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WLR Daily, 14th June 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

OFT under fire over whistleblowers after BA price-fixing trial fails – The Guardian

“The consumer watchdog’s reliance on whistleblowers as the bedrock of anti-cartel cases is under scrutiny following the embarrassing collapse of the British Airways price-fixing trial. Legal experts warned that offering immunity in exchange for full co-operation with an investigation threatened to undermine Office of Fair Trading prosecutions by giving whistleblowers influence over evidence gathering and fostering complacency among investigators.”

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The Guardian, 12th May 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

BA price-fixing trial collapses – The Guardian

“Serious and significant failings by the Office of Fair Trading led to the collapse of the trial of senior British Airways executives over allegations of price-fixing with Virgin Atlantic.”

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The Guardian, 10th May 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk


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