UK shoppers one step nearer to £500 million payout

Which? has gained permission to symbolize nearly 30 million UK shoppers in its case in opposition to international chipset producer Qualcomm.

Which? believes Qualcomm has abused its place as a dominant firm charging smartphone producers, equivalent to Apple and Samsung, inflated charges to make use of its expertise growing their prices which in flip led to us paying larger costs for our telephones.

The Competitors Enchantment Tribunal gave the go-ahead for the declare to proceed to trial and agreed Which? is the suitable consultant for the thousands and thousands of UK shoppers affected.

The Tribunal was unanimous in its choice to certify the declare, offering the written judgment simply six weeks after the listening to.

Right here we clarify what it means for you and how one can keep up-to-date.

For extra info, together with your rights in response to Which?’s declare, entry to key paperwork and to register your curiosity, go to

Choose-out declare for nearly 30 million UK shoppers  

We consider that Qualcomm breached competitors legislation and price UK shoppers thousands and thousands of kilos, so we’re taking authorized motion in opposition to Qualcomm to get well the overpayments made on Apple and Samsung handsets purchased since 1 October 2015.

This sort of authorized motion signifies that, if the declare succeeds, and for those who’re eligible, you’ll routinely be included within the declare until you inform us that you just don’t need to be. Because it stands, we estimate that, relying on the quantity and sort of telephones you may have purchased, you may be due round £16-17.

Qualcomm had tried to argue the price of bringing the declare outweighed any profit, however the Tribunal was unpersuaded and acknowledged in its ruling ‘within the present financial local weather, and given the price of residing challenges confronted by many shoppers, we don’t contemplate that a median declare of £16–17 per shopper is such a small sum that take-up is inherently prone to be restricted’.

What you’ll want to know

A provisional checklist of smartphones we consider to be affected is out there on the declare web site. These proceedings are a part of the ‘opt-out’ collective redress regime, and so you do not have to do something now to have an opportunity to get your a reimbursement.

If the courtroom finds Qualcomm has damaged competitors legal guidelines, these affected ought to get again the cash they’re rightfully owed, and we’re urging anybody affected to join updates on the motion so you’ll be able to observe its progress.

For extra info, together with your rights in response to Which?’s declare, entry to key paperwork and to register your curiosity, go to

What occurs subsequent?

The Tribunal’s ruling offers Which?’s declare the inexperienced gentle to proceed to trial. A timetable for the subsequent steps within the declare can be set by the Tribunal within the subsequent few months. As quickly because the date for trial is ready, the declare web site can be up to date with additional info

Anabel Hoult, Which? Chief Government, stated: ‘We’re delighted to have secured this nice outcome for shoppers, bringing them a step nearer to the practically £500 million that we consider they’re owed by Qualcomm.

‘If Qualcomm has abused its market energy it have to be held to account. This judgement ensures that it may be. Which? introduced this declare on behalf of thousands and thousands of affected UK shoppers, as it might not have been sensible for folks to hunt damages from the corporate on a person foundation. 

‘That’s why it’s so necessary that buyers can come collectively and declare the redress they’re entitled to.

‘We now urge everybody who thinks they might be affected to go to to search out out extra in regards to the declare and join updates.’

A Qualcomm spokesperson stated: ‘We disagree with as we speak’s ruling, although it’s strictly procedural and under no circumstances supportive of the plaintiff’s meritless assertions. The claims right here recycle allegations in an outdated case introduced by the Federal Commerce Fee within the US, which Qualcomm gained. The theories seen right here had been discredited two years in the past by a unanimous panel of judges on the Ninth Circuit Court docket of Appeals within the US.’

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