Claim for damages brought by Alan Howard (Stockport) Limited and a number of other claimants, listed in the Schedule of Claimants (set out below), in respect of alleged infringements of Articles 101 and/or 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and/or Articles 53 and/or 54 of the Agreement on the European Economic Area and/or Chapters I and/or II of the Competition Act 1998.
The claim is made against (1) Mastercard Incorporated; (2) Mastercard International Incorporated; (3) Mastercard Europe SA; and (4) Mastercard/Europay UK Limited.
The proceedings were transferred from the High Court to the Tribunal by order of the Honourable Mr Justice Andrew Baker made on 25 February 2021.
A preliminary issue hearing to consider which law governs the claims by the Italian claimants took place on 12 April 2021 and was heard jointly with Cases 1349(T), 1350(T) and 1384(T).
A hearing to consider the Claimants' summary judgment application in Cases 1306(T)-1325(T), 1349(T), 1350(T), 1383(T) and 1384(T) took place on 12-14 May 2021.
On 7 June 2021, the Tribunal issued its judgment on the Italian law preliminary issue ( CAT 12). On 30 July 2021, the Tribunal issued its ruling on the costs of the Italian law preliminary issue ( CAT 27).
On 26 November 2021 the Tribunal issued its judgment on the Claimants' summary judgment application ( CAT 35).
A joint case management conference in Cases 1306(T)-1325(T), 1349(T)-1350(T), 1369(T), 1373(T)-1374(T), 1376(T), 1383(T)-1384(T), 1385(T)-1400(T) and 1406(T) took place on 1-2 March 2022 where the Tribunal gave directions regarding the future case management of the interchange fee cases. On 16 March 2022 the Tribunal issued its ruling providing reasons for a change in approach and setting out a process to identify the issues requiring determination ( CAT 14).
A joint hearing has been listed for 23 and 24 May 2022 in Cases 1306(T)-1325(T), 1349(T)-1350(T), 1373(T)-1374(T), 1376(T), 1383(T)-1384(T), 1385(T)-1390(T), 1392(T)-1400(T) and 1406(T) to consider issues relating to pass on.