Nearly four dozen eyewear retail businesses, including GrandVision NV, Vision Express Group Ltd. and The Vision Factory BV, filed a pair of competition claims on June 4 against MasterCard Inc. and Visa Inc. The retailers are represented by Scott+Scott UK LLP. Visa is represented by Linklaters LLP. Counsel information for MasterCard was not immediately available.
The credit card companies have faced dozens of claims in the London courts as retailers and other merchants pursue compensation in the wake of European Commission antitrust probes into the companies’ interchange fees. The cases have had mixed success, with some cases being dismissed, some settling and others winning multimillion-pound judgments.
The cases are GrandVision NV and others v. MasterCard Inc. and others, case number CP-2018-000017, and GrandVision N.V. and others v. Visa Europe Limited and others, case number CP-2018-000016, both in the High Court of Justice of England and Wales.