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Mark McLaren* is seeking to represent millions of motorists and businesses who bought or leased a new car or van, in a claim against five major shipping companies.

In Europe, it is a breach of competition law for competitors to agree on the prices to charge, and divide customers amongst themselves. From October 2006 to September 2012, the shipping companies were in a cartel and exchanged commercially sensitive information, coordinated prices and divided customers amongst themselves, to avoid competing with each other. The cartel is likely to have made the cost of shipping new cars and vans into the UK and Europe higher than it should have been. If new car and van buyers were the victims of the cartel, they will be part of the claim to recover damages from the shipping companies.

 

*Through Mark McLaren Class Representative Limited, a company set up specifically to bring this claim.

 

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“The Commission has sanctioned several companies for colluding in the maritime transport of cars… we will not tolerate anticompetitive behavior affecting European consumers.”

Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition.

“When UK consumers and businesses purchased or leased a new car, I believe they paid more for the delivery than they should have done. I have spent much of my career working in consumer protection and I strongly believe that compensation should be paid when consumers are harmed by such deliberate, unlawful conduct.”

Mark McLaren, Mark McLaren Class Representative Limited

“We're very happy to support this claim against the shipping companies and to hopefully see some redress for consumers who've paid too much for their cars. Buying a car is an expensive process, so any overcharging can make a big difference to car buyers.”

Steve Fowler, Editor-in-chief, Auto Express