Waste businesses have joined those in other industries to try to win compensation for a vehicle pricing fraud.
Law firm Edwin Cole said some 10 million trucks sold across the EU during 1997-2011 may have been overpriced by up to £10,000 each.
The company has launched a class action involving 27 claimant companies seeking damages for businesses it said were victims of fraudulent price-fixing by major truck manufacturers.
Any business that bought, leased or outsourced vehicles weighing six tonnes or more between 1997 and 2012 could join the case at the Competition Appeal Tribunal, Edwin Cole said.
The claim stems from a European Commission ruling in 2016 against Man, Volvo/Renault, Daimler/Mercedes, Iveco and DAF, which found they operated a price-fixing cartel stretching back to 1997. There has since been a similar finding against a sixth manufacturer, Scania. Together these manufacturers hold more than 80% of the market, Edwin Cole said.
The claimants’ solicitor Zahira Hussain said: “This cartel was an EU-wide scandal for many years and affected thousands of UK businesses.” Edwin Coe is acting on a no-win, no-fee basis for the claimants.
The Road Haulage Association launched a separate action for its members at the tribunal in July and has invited others to join it.
It said: “Broadly speaking, you are entitled to claim for the difference between what you paid for your trucks and what you would have paid if the cartel had not existed.”
Waste firms involved in the class action to date include:
PB O’Donogue (Waste Management)
ASM Metal Recycling
MSK Waste Management & Recycling
Martlands Waste Solutions
A&A Skip Hire
Allen’s Skip Hire