United Kingdom

On behalf of the team

On 14 April 2021, the Court of Appeal in London upheld a High Court decision of February 2020 to the effect that computer company OT Computers was not time-barred from suing chip manufacturers Infineon Technologies and Micron Technology for their role in the memory chips cartel for which the European Commission had fined the companies back in 2010.[1] The chip makers attempted to get the ruling overturned on appeal, arguing that the limitation periods for the claims had passed because the impact of the cartel was investigated by the US Department of Justice years prior to the EU probe into the chip makers’ conduct. This argument did not succeed, as the judge said the EU decision involved information that was essential in order to bring a claim, and the claimants therefore had to wait for the decision. As the limitation arguments were a preliminary issue which has now been decided in favour of OT Computers, the parties can now press ahead with full legal proceedings.

[1] Court of Appeal London 14 April 2021, [2021] EWCA Civ 501, Case No. A4/2020/0658, A4/2020/0672, A4/2020/0675 & A4/2020/0674.