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Articles Group Actions 7th Oct 2019

Court of Appeal gives green light to consumer rights campaigner in 4 million person strong representative action against Google

On 2 October 2019, the Court of Appeal, in a unanimous judgment given by Sir Geoffrey Vos, Chancellor of the High Court, upheld the Claimant’s appeal in the case of Richard Lloyd v Google LLC [2019] EWCA Civ 1599. The Court of Appeal reversed the decision of the court below and gave Mr Lloyd permission to serve Google LLC outside the jurisdiction (in the US), enabling him to proceed with his representative action. The class he represents is composed of an estimated 4 million Apple iPhone users. Any substantive judgment will prove interesting in demonstrating the role of representative and group actions in the space of consumer rights at the intersection of tech and information rights.  Google LLC, however, has confirmed that it intends to appeal this procedural point to the Supreme Court.

Oliver Campbell QC was instructed by Mishcon de Reya LLP for the Appellant / Claimant.

Read more in the attached alerter by Beatrice Graham


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