Claim for damages for breach of Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union by companies within the Suez Group (the “Claimants”) against (1) Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (the “First Defendant”); (2) CNH Industrial N.V. (the “Second Defendant”); (3) DAF Trucks N.V. (the “Third Defendant”); and (4) DAF Trucks Limited (the "Suez Case"). The Claimants rely on a decision of the European Commission of 19 July 2016 (Case AT.39824 – Trucks) which was addressed to (amongst others) the First, Second and Third Defendants.
The issues in the proceedings were transferred from the High Court to the Tribunal by consent by order of Mr Justice Roth dated 26 July 2018.
A case management conference (CMC) was held on 21-22 November 2018. The CMC was heard jointly with CMCs in Cases 1284T, 1290T, 1291T and 1293T-1295T. At the CMC, the Tribunal directed that the Suez Case be jointly case managed with Cases 1293T (Veolia) and 1294T (Wolseley).
On 11 December 2018 the Tribunal issued a judgment giving reasons for its decisions on two issues heard at the CMC in relation to confidentiality rings and disclosure of translations ( CAT 19).
A further CMC took place on 2-3 May 2019 and was heard jointly with CMCs in Cases 1284T, 1290T, 1291T and 1293T-1295T.
A preliminary issue hearing took place on 3, 5 and 6 December 2019.
A further CMC took place on 6 February 2020 and was heard jointly with CMCs in Cases 1284T, 1290T, 1291T and 1293T-1295T.
Judgment on the preliminary issue was handed down on 4 March 2020 ( CAT 7). On 26 March 2020 the Tribunal issued a ruling partially granting the Defendants' applications for permission to appeal ( CAT 10). On 11 November 2020 the Court of Appeal issued its judgment on the preliminary issue ( EWCA Civ 1475).
A further CMC took place on 29-30 October 2020 and was heard jointly with CMCs in Cases 1284T, 1290T, 1291T and 1293T-1295T.
On 17 February 2021, the Tribunal was notified that the name of the First Defendant has changed from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. to Stellantis N.V..
A hearing of the Claimants' application in relation to disclosure of data by Iveco-owned dealers took place on 4 March 2021 before the Chairman, Mr Malek QC, sitting alone. On 4 March 2021, the Chairman made a ruling in relation to an application filed by the VSW Claimants against the Iveco Defendants for disclosure of data relating to sales by Iveco-owned dealers ( CAT 6).