Have you bought an Apple, iPhone or Samsung phone since 1 October 2015? More than £480 million could be reimbursed to customers – here’s why.
A breach in competition law could mean that millions of smartphone owners in the UK could be due compensation.
We’ve taken one of the first-of-its-kind types of legal action on behalf of consumers against US chip-maker Qualcomm.
Why have we done this? To recoup the cost of Qualcomm’s anti-competitive practices which resulted in brands such as Apple and Samsung being overcharged for Qualcomm’s technology, which in turn inflated the cost of smartphones for consumers.
Who footed the bill? We all did. UK consumers.
What happened, and what’s next?
Qualcomm’s technology is used in a range of products, and we think Qualcomm overcharged manufacturers of smartphones for licences for that technology in the form of inflated royalties.
The options for consumers to hold companies to account on an individual basis aren’t effective – that’s why we’re using the opt-out collective redress mechanism, introduced by the Consumer Rights Act 2015. This means you won’t have to do anything to get the money you’re owed until we have won the claim, when you can come forward and apply for your share of the payments.
We’re sending a clear warning through this action that manipulative practices by Qualcomm and others will not be tolerated.
We are alleging that Qualcomm has abused its power and we want to hold them to account on behalf of millions of consumers. Will you join us and support our action?