Gerry Facenna KC, Nikolaus Grubeck and Alison Berridge instructed in multi-billion-pound ad tech lawsuit against Google

31 Mar 2023

Gerry Facenna KC, Nikolaus Grubeck, and Alison Berridge, instructed by Hausfeld LLP, are representing technology journalist and campaigner Charles Arthur in proposed collective proceedings against Google.

Mr. Arthur has filed a claim in the Competition Appeal Tribunal, seeking an estimated £3.4bn in damages on behalf of over 200,000 publishers of websites and apps who were deprived of ad revenue as a result of abuses of dominance by Google.

Display ads are a form of advertising that are shown when a user visits a website or app. Google holds a dominant position in a number of markets for services which intermediate between publishers offering online display advertising and advertisers. Mr Arthur alleges that Google foreclosed those markets, excluding rivals and raising the costs to publishers.

Mr Arthur has secured third-party litigation funding, meaning affected UK publishers will not pay costs to participate in this legal action or have any financial risk in relation to Google’s costs.

The case has been covered in the media, including The BBC and The Global Competition Review. The claim website can be found here.