Landmark Consumer Challenge Continues: Mastercard swiped by £14bn mass consumer claim

Between 1992-2008, the fees Mastercard charged businesses for accepting payments from consumers in the UK (interchange fees) were too high. Consequently, UK consumers paid higher prices on purchases from businesses that accepted Mastercard. This breach of competition law could entitle 46.2m eligible Britons up to £300 each, making a potential mass consumer claim against the card provider worth just under £14bn.

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It’s Air-time: Airbnb plans IPO

On 19 August 2020, American holiday rental marketplace Airbnb filed papers for its long-awaited Initial Public Offering (IPO). However, the decision to launch IPO proceedings comes as a surprise to analysts after Airbnb cut 25% of its workforce in May in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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