Nearly 30 million British consumers are one step closer to getting their share of £480 million in damages after tech giant Qualcomm abandoned its bid to avoid being held accountable in a UK court.
That? believes that the global company, based in the US, which is behind chipsets used in many smartphones, has engaged in anti-competitive practices that have pushed up the price of some popular smartphones since 2015.
In response, Qualcomm filed a petition to challenge the ability of the UK courts to consider the claim, effectively alleging that UK consumers, in its view, had no right to challenge its conduct in their own courts. fight.
But in a victory for British consumers, shortly before it had to file its argument in court, Qualcomm withdrew and accepted the jurisdiction of the British courts.
Here’s what you need to know about the claim, your rights under the claim and what happens next.
For more information, including your rights in relation to Which?’s proposed claim, to access important documents and to register your interest in the claim, please visit smartphoneclaim.co.uk
Smartphone claim: what you need to know
That? acts on behalf of nearly 30 million UK consumers who have bought Apple and Samsung phones against tech giant Qualcomm since October 2015 to recoup the costs of what we believe are anti-competitive practices leading to high smartphone prices.
If the claim is successful, anyone who bought an Apple or Samsung smartphone in the UK on or after 1 October 2015 may be liable to pay part of the damages on the cost of their handset.
A preliminary list of smartphones that we believe are affected is available on the claims website.
These procedures are part of the ‘opt-out’ address regime, so you don’t need to do anything now to be in with a chance of winning.
If the court finds that Qualcomm has violated competition laws, those involved must recover the money they’re rightfully owed, and we urge all involved to sign up for updates on the promotion so you can track its progress.
For more information, including your rights in response to Which?’s proposed claim, access to important documents and to register your interest, please visit smartphoneclaim.co.uk.
How much money could you get?
We estimate that individuals have been affected with additional costs of between £5 and £30 depending on which devices were purchased and how many were purchased between 1 October 2015 and now.
This can be a significant amount for households that have purchased multiple handsets in recent years.
What will happen next?
The next hearing will be on March 30-31, 2022, when the Competition Tribunal will hear why we believe this claim should be certified as an opt-out claim for collective redress.
We will ask him to grant us a Collective Procedure Order so that the claim can continue all the way to trial.
Anabel Hoult, which one? chief executive officer, said: “This is good news for nearly 30 million UK consumers who have come one step closer to holding Qualcomm accountable for its failed attempt to bar the UK courts from this case.
‘Without which one? with this claim it would simply not be realistic for affected customers to claim damages from the company on an individual basis – which is why it is so important that UK consumers can come together and claim the redress they are entitled to as a group.”