And you can claim compensation.

As you may know, almost all leading truck manufacturers have admitted to the European Commission that they unlawfully acted as a cartel to co-ordinate their pricing and delay Euro 3 to 6 emissions technologies. It’s highly likely you were overcharged for your trucks and you may have incurred extra running costs. If so, you are now entitled to compensation.

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Collyer Bristow will be working with Grant Thornton, London Economics, Vannin Capital and two leading barristers to bring compensation claims for larger UK fleet owners.

 

 

 

Our bespoke service offers you expert representation, designed to achieve the maximum possible reimbursement at no expense to your company. The costs of your claim will be paid by litigation funder, Vannin Capital, in return for a share of your damages.

Insurance cover will be obtained for the group to provide a high level of protection against the risk of being ordered to pay the other side’s costs, in the unlikely event that the claim firstly goes to trial and secondly is unsuccessful.

Your next step? Call Stephen Critchley on +44 (0)20 7470 4523 or email here.

Contact us to discuss your claim.

Call Stephen Critchley, on
+44 (0)20 7470 4523 or email here

Stephen Critchley is Head of Competition Law at Collyer Bristow and will lead our core team of dedicated litigation lawyers. He specialises in complex, high-value commercial disputes and acted for the claimant in the UK’s first, and still leading, damages claim for breach of competition law.

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Stephen acted for the claimant in Inntrepreneur Pub Co (CPC) v Crehan, the first and still the leading claim for damages for breach of competition law in the UK.

Other experience includes:

  • Defending one of the “big four” UK mobile networks against a claim for alleged abuse of dominance in refusing to configure its switches to recognise the number-range of a competitor.
  • Representing a household-name telecommunications company accused of an anticompetitive agreement to prevent the landing of subsea cables into the UK, allegedly to close the UK market off from competition.
  • Advising a drugs company in relation to investigation by the Competition & Markets Authority of suspected excessive pricing following a six-fold price increase after its drug was released from NHS price control.
  • Advising a major overseas newsagent on the legality of WHSmiths’ exclusive agreement with Network Rail for newsagency units at UK rail terminuses.
  • Advising a major home improvement company in relation to a potential State Aid objection to lending extended by a State-owned bank to a competitor in which the bank owned a large stake.
  • Advising a major duty free retailer on the legality of BAA’s exclusive arrangement with World Duty Free.

Our team

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We explain how our Truck Cartel litigation process works and how it will benefit your business.

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Why choose us?

We are wholly focused on claims for larger UK fleet owners. As we are forming a Group Action this will allow your claim to proceed more quickly through the courts than a Class Action. As it only involves UK claimants and will be brought in the English courts, it will be less complex and more familiar to you than claims run by some other groups.

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We have assembled a team of specialists in their respective fields:

  • Collyer Bristow LLP – a leading law firm with a specialisation in litigation and competition law, with offices in Central London and Geneva. A core team will be working on the Truck Cartel claim.
  • Grant Thornton UK LLP – one of the world’s leading professional accounting and consultancy firms, with a Competition Disputes team experienced in quantifying damages claims and managing multi-claimant litigation processes.
  • London Economics – one of Europe’s most respected specialist policy and economics consultants, with particular expertise in regulation and competition.
  • Vannin Capital – the world’s largest private equity funded litigation funder with over US$500m to invest in claims, having funded a significant number of group actions.
  • Philip Moser QC and Philip Woolfe, barristers at Monckton Chambers – leading competition law specialists at one of the country’s top competition law chambers.

“With your business potentially overcharged by 10% or more per truck, claiming for the eligible vehicles in your fleet could yield a very substantial amount. Choosing the right litigation partner, therefore, is vital to obtaining maximum returns for your business"Nick Wood, Partner, Grant Thornton UK LLP

Your questions answered

This is a complex area, yet the three questions we’re asked most often are:

  • 1. Is it worth making a claim?

    Yes, you could be entitled to substantial compensation. We will handle the entire process; we aim to keep your input and time requirements minimal.

  • 2. How will claiming affect my bottom line?

    As the legal action is being paid for by litigation funders, there are no upfront costs to pay. By focusing on a small number of larger businesses, our claim will keep fees to a cost-effective minimum.

  • 3. How will my relationship with truck suppliers be affected?

    The European Commission decision has already confirmed the liability of the manufacturers so they are expecting claims. They will want to minimise damage to their reputation and they can't afford to lose business.

For more details of our bespoke claims service for larger fleets and fleet owners, please download our guidedownload our guide.

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The essential facts

The European Commission ruling made on 19th July 2016 concluded that five manufacturers unlawfully coordinated prices and delayed the introduction of Euro 3 to Euro 6 emission technologies, passing those costs on to their customers.

  • MAN, Volvo/Renault, Daimler (Mercedes), Iveco and DAF have admitted to unlawful collusion and have been fined €2.9 billion. The European Commission continues to investigate Scania, which has not admitted to any wrongdoing.
  • The cartel ran from at least 1997 to 2011, and covered medium duty trucks (6 – 16 tonnes) and heavy duty trucks (over 16 tonnes).
  • The claim against the cartel will include Scania trucks too, on the basis they were overpriced because Scania was freed from competition.

 

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If you purchased new medium or heavy duty trucks between 1997 and 2011, you almost certainly have a case for compensation – whether you bought the trucks (outright or on hire purchase) or leased them, directly from a manufacturer or from a supplier.

Crucially, it also applies whatever make of truck you bought during this time, as the cartel’s price fixing may have artificially raised the prices of all medium or heavy duty trucks.

For more details please download our guide or call Stephen Critchley on +44 (0)20 7470 4523 or email here.

 

Contact us to discuss your claim.

Call Stephen Critchley, on
+44 (0)20 7470 4523 or email here

Contact us to discuss your claim.

Call Stephen Critchley, on
+44 (0)20 7470 4523 or email here

Stephen Critchley is Head of Competition Law at Collyer Bristow and will lead our core team of dedicated litigation lawyers. He specialises in complex, high-value commercial disputes and acted for the claimant in the UK’s first, and still leading, damages claim for breach of competition law.

Find out more about Stephen >Find out more about Stephen >

Stephen acted for the claimant in Inntrepreneur Pub Co (CPC) v Crehan, the first and still the leading claim for damages for breach of competition law in the UK.

Other experience includes:

  • Defending one of the “big four” UK mobile networks against a claim for alleged abuse of dominance in refusing to configure its switches to recognise the number-range of a competitor.
  • Representing a household-name telecommunications company accused of an anticompetitive agreement to prevent the landing of subsea cables into the UK, allegedly to close the UK market off from competition.
  • Advising a drugs company in relation to investigation by the Competition & Markets Authority of suspected excessive pricing following a six-fold price increase after its drug was released from NHS price control.
  • Advising a major overseas newsagent on the legality of WHSmiths’ exclusive agreement with Network Rail for newsagency units at UK rail terminuses.
  • Advising a major home improvement company in relation to a potential State Aid objection to lending extended by a State-owned bank to a competitor in which the bank owned a large stake.
  • Advising a major duty free retailer on the legality of BAA’s exclusive arrangement with World Duty Free.

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