By Deborah Sheldon

Consumers are one step closer to the determination of a multi-billion pound class action against Mastercard over anti-competitive card charges, as the Court of Appeal decides that it does have jurisdiction to hear and determine the appeal.

Background of the case

In mid-2016, Walter Merricks (former chief Financial Ombudsman) applied for a collective proceedings order (“CPO”) permitting him to bring a class action under the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (“the CRA”), on behalf of UK consumers (Case 1266/7/7/16 Walter Hugh Merricks CBE v MasterCard Inc and Others).