Enforcement

Obama picks new FTC commissioner

September 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

President Obama has nominated Joshua Wright to be an FTC commissioner.  Wright is an antitrust professor at the George Mason University School of Law and has a PhD in economics. The FTC is one of...

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Two more shots in the supermarket war

August 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

Two reports released last week attack the supermarket majors for anti-competitive practices, returning the focus to the ACCC’s consideration of groceries and adding to calls for a formal investigation. The peak employer organisation for independent...

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In recent weeks, we’ve had two indications of the way in which misleading and deceptive conduct provisions apply to third party content on social platforms like Facebook. While we’ve known for a long time that...

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Google faces further scrutiny in India

August 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

India’s Minister of State for Corporate Affairs, R.P.N. Singh, has confirmed that Google faces further competition scrutiny in India. In response to a question from Parliament, Mr Singh said that the Competition Commission of India...

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Belts and braces

August 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

After conducting dawn raids in the wire harnesses sector in February 2010, the European Commission has now opened a formal investigation.  The decision, on 9 August 2012, permits the EC to assume authority from national...

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Climate control – carbon cop karma

August 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

Since the introduction of the carbon tax on 1 July, the ACCC has received over 1260 complaints through its carbon claims hotline. And in response to those complaints, the ACCC has taken enforcement action on...

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The confectionary wars continue – this time before the competition authorities …. Mars GmbH applied to the German Bundeskartellamt for leniency and avoided any fine, but Gummi producer Haribo and two other branded confectioners have...

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The District Court has made the rare decision to accept a plea of no contest from airline Florida West, ending the cartel prosecution of the airline.  By pleading no contest Florida West avoids having to...

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On 18 July 2012, the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had reached a settlement with Capital One Bank (USA) (Capital One) in relation to alleged misleading or deceptive conduct in credit...

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It’s probably fair to say that “truth in advertising” is a pretty elastic concept.  But for those businesses that like to stretch that band an inch too far may find themselves stretched further by the...

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