The legal press has identified the RHA’s collective action against the truck cartel as one of the top 20 cases to watch in 2019. As reported in the Lawyer magazine, the hearing to determine the RHA’s application for a collective proceedings order will take place in June of this year. The hearing will ultimately decide whether the RHA’s collective claim will proceed. The Lawyer magazine suggests that the case “will no doubt leave an indelible mark on how the court system approaches collective actions claims”
The collective claim is open to RHA members and non-members alike, and currently has over 7,000road haulage operators who have signed up or registered an interest. It is anticipated that the number of claimants signing up will increase significantly over the coming months and this can be done by visiting www.truckcartelleaglaction.com
Backhouse Jones are leading the RHA’s collective claim and are supported by Addleshaw Goddard. Steven Meyerhoff, director of Backhouse Jones, says “This is a claim that potentially will be the first to get approval under the collective proceedings regime and therefore could dramatically change the landscape upon which collective actions are brought.
Early indications suggest that road haulage operators opting into the claim could be entitled to damages of £6,000 for every 6-tonne and above vehicle they bought or leased between 1997 and to the present date. The claim is fully funded by Therium Capital Management Limited and has the benefit of After the Event Insurance, allowing claimants to participate in the collective proceedings without contributing their own funds or risk of adverse costs.
Looking at the number of operators already signed up, which is increasing by the day, we expect the overall value of the RHA’s claim to exceed £1 billion.”
For all further information please contact Steven Meyerhoff at Backhouse Jones on 01254 828 300 or visit www.truckcartellegalaction.com