An application by Elizabeth Coll, the proposed class representative ("PCR"), to commence collective proceedings under section 47B of the Competition Act 1998. The proposed collective proceedings would combine standalone claims against (1) Alphabet Inc., (2) Google LLC, (3) Google Ireland Limited, (4) Google Commerce Limited and (5) Google Payment Limited for loss and damage caused by alleged breaches of statutory duty by infringing Article 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (prior to 31 December 2020) and section 18 of the Competition Act 1998, which prohibit the abuse of a dominant position in a market.
A case management conference ("CMC") took place remotely on 17 January 2022. At the CMC, the PCR requested that certain information pertaining to its funding arrangements be treated as confidential and/or remain redacted ("the Confidentiality Requests"). The Tribunal reserved its judgment in respect of the Confidentiality Requests, which is currently pending.
A hearing for the CPO Application has been listed for 18 July 2022, with a time estimate of 2 days with 1 in reserve..