Application to commence collective proceedings under section 47B of the Competition Act 1998. The proposed collective proceedings would combine the claims for damages of a large number of rail passengers who are said to have suffered loss as a result of the conduct of the Proposed Defendants.
A joint case management conference with Case 1305 took place on 9 April 2019. The Tribunal directed that the application in Case 1304 be heard with the equivalent application in Case 1305 (together, the "CPO Applications").
The deadline for any person with an interest (including any member of the proposed class) to object to the CPO Application(s) and/or the authorisation of the proposed class representative and/or to seek permission to make oral observations at the hearing of the CPO Applications was 4pm on 5 July 2019.
At a pre-hearing review on 23 September 2019 the Tribunal granted the Proposed Defendants' application for a stay of the main hearing of the CPO Applications pending the appeal to the Supreme Court in Merricks v Mastercard Inc (Case 1266). A preliminary issue in relation to funding arrangements listed for 7 November 2019 was vacated.
The main hearing of the CPO Applications took place on 9-12 March 2021. The Tribunal issued its judgment on 19 October 2021 ([2021 CAT 31).
A CMC took place on 18 November 2021. On 3 December 2021 the Tribunal issued a ruling ( CAT 36) refusing the Respondents' application for permission to appeal the Tribunal's CPO Judgment and awarding the Class Representative his costs of the CPO application.