Application by Mr Charles Arthur against (1) Alphabet Inc; (2) Google LLC; (3) Google Ireland Limited; and (4) Google UK Limited (the Proposed Defendants). The claims that Mr Arthur seeks to combine are for loss and damage allegedly caused by the Proposed Defendants’ breach of statutory duty by their infringement of section 18 of the Competition Act 1998 and Article 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. Mr Arthur seeks to recover damages to compensate UK-domiciled persons, who sold open display ad impressions using intermediation services provided by any intermediary, for alleged harm in the form of lower revenues caused by the Proposed Defendants' conduct in the "Open Display Advertising Marketplace".
A case management conference took place on 19 May 2023 in case 1572/7/7/22, at which Mr Arthur made oral submissions. The Tribunal issued a Judgment on the management of the carriage dispute (in relation to this case and case 1572/7/7/22)on 26 May 2023 ( CAT 34).
A hearing to determine Messrs Pollack and Arthur's amalgamation application took place on 16 October 2023. The President made a reasoned order on 26 October 2023.
The hearing of the amalgamated CPO application has been listed for 29 January 2024, time estimate of two days with one day in reserve.