Today, Hagens Berman and Sperling & Slater filed a landmark complaint against Apple alleging anti-competitive monopolisation of the US Tap and Pay iOS Mobile Wallet market (Apple Pay). The case, led by Affinity Credit Union, alleges that Apple created artificial barriers around the use of the NFC (near-field communication) technologies built into their phones, forestalling the emergence of competition and allowing Apple to dictate terms to banks and consumers.
Fideres has been retained to advise plaintiffs in connection with these allegations. Our digital markets team is also currently providing advice in relation to cases against major tech firms including Apple, Amazon, and Facebook.
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Chris joined Fideres in 2021. Chris holds a PhD, an MA and BA in Economics from the University of East Anglia. At Fideres Chris has provided expert economic advice on class action complaints against Amazon, Facebook and Apple. He has written expert reports, developed models to quantify damages, and developed analysis of market definition and abuse of dominance (monopolization) in digital aftermarkets and multi-sided platforms.
Before joining Fideres, Chris spent 7 years as a Competition Expert for the OECD where he led the economic thinking on antitrust in digital markets, as well the role for competition law in delivering inclusivity. He published numerous papers and led a working party of the OECD Competition Committee in developing new international standards on competitive neutrality and competitive assessment in light of the digitalization of the economy.
Chris has advised the UK Government’s Department of Trade & Industry on the benefits of competition policy, and the UK Competition Commission (predecessor to the Competition and Markets Authority) on digital mergers, retail market investigations and competition cases. He was an advisor to the Co-operation and Competition Panel on mergers, market studies and antitrust in publicly-funded healthcare markets, and later became Director of Competition Economics at the UK Healthcare Regulator. Chris is a founding member of the Centre for Competition Policy of the University of East Anglia. He remains an associate of the Centre, a member of various advisory boards at non-profit making organizations, and peer reviews papers for the Journal of Competition Law and Economics & the Journal of Antitrust Enforcement.