Tag Archives: class action

District Court Denies Summary Judgment in Broadcast Rights Class Action

On Friday, August 8, 2014, the Southern District of New York denied motions for summary judgment filed by the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, Comcast Corp. and DirecTV LLC in suits alleging that these organizations and television providers conspired to hinder competition in television and internet sports broadcasting.  In two class action suits brought … Continue Reading

Section 1 Claims Dismissed in LIBOR, TIBOR Class Action

On March 28, 2014, Judge Daniels of the Southern District of New York dismissed antitrust and unjust enrichment claims against over 20 banks accused of manipulating prices in the Euroyen interbank lending market by submitting false rate quotes to Yen-LIBOR and Euroyen TIBOR rate-setting organizations.  Laydon v. Mizuho Bank, Ltd., No. 12-cv-3419 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 28, … Continue Reading

Class Actions in Italy: Milan Court of Appeal Adopts Wider Interpretation of Admissibility

On 3 March 2014, the Milan Court of Appeal overturned a previous decision issued by the Milan Tribunal, declaring a class action brought by an Italian consumers association, Altroconsumo, against local railway operator Trenord as non-admissible. On 8 November 2013, the Milan Tribunal had dismissed the class action started by Altroconsumo on the grounds inter … Continue Reading

France Finally Embraces Class Actions

France is one of the last western European countries to introduce a class action system. After decades of debates, two failed attempts by both left wing and right wing Parliament majorities, nine months of legislative procedure and thousands of amendments, it should soon, finally, be possible to launch a group action in France. Click here … Continue Reading

Cathay Pacific Airlines Settles Freight Shipping Price-Fixing Class Action

On February 12, 2014, Cathay Pacific Airlines Ltd. settled a freight shipping price-fixing multidistrict class action litigation in the Eastern District of New York.  In re Air Cargo Shipping Services Air Cargo Antitrust Litigation, case number 1:06-md-01775.  The Hong Kong-based airline agreed to pay consumers of air-freight shipping services $65 million in the settlement.  After … Continue Reading

Court Certifies Class in Hospital Merger Antitrust Lawsuit

On December 10, 2013, Judge Edmond Chang of the Northern District of Illinois certified a class of plaintiffs who filed a proposed class action against NorthShore University Health System (formerly Evanston Northwestern Healthcare) on behalf of all end-payors who purchased inpatient and outpatient healthcare services directly from NorthShore. In 2000, Evanston Northwestern acquired rival Highland … Continue Reading

Liberalizations Decree: Main Relevant Changes and Powers of the Italian Competition Authority

by Veronica Pinotti and Martino Sforza.  The main developments in antitrust are: 1. Merger Control (Art. 5-bis) From January 1, 2013: The Italian merger control thresholds will be cumulative and no longer alternative (i.e. the combined turnover in Italy of all undertakings concerned exceeds € 468 million AND the Italian turnover of the target exceeds € … Continue Reading

Developments in Private Antitrust Damage Claims – France

by Philipp Werner France may join the growing number of jurisdictions for class action style private antitrust damage claims in the EU. A judge from the French Cour de cassation, the highest civil jurisdiction, speaking at a conference yesterday, stated that class action style "assigned damages claims" under French law could be accepted by French … Continue Reading