Enforcement

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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The Cardiff Bus Decision is significant (particularly in the context of small markets) as it illustrates that, whilst conduct may be “of minor significance” and statutorily exempted from financial penalty by the OFT, there is...

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Software giant Microsoft was hit with a fine of 860 million euros by Europe’s second highest court on 27 June 2012 (see the press release here).  The fine applies to Microsoft’s non-compliance with its information-sharing...

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On 26 June 2012, Cruz Villalón, an advocate general of the European Court of Justice, issued an opinion before the European Court of Justice that the European Commission can claim damages from cartelists in its...

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The FTC has withdrawn a 2003 policy statement that limited equitable monetary remedies for antitrust contraventions to only “exceptional cases”.  In a 4-1 decision on 31 July 2012 , the FTC has said it will...

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The ACCC steps in to help us bag a bargain

June 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

Australian consumers, like consumers in many other countries, love to shop online.  Web-savvy fashion moguls can navigate the world’s virtual shopping mall and locate their favourite pieces within a matter of minutes – and often...

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The recent detergents cases in Europe involving Henkel, Proctor & Gamble and Unilever, show that if you want to avoid blowing your chances of immunity, you need to get your strategy set from the start....

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KFTC investigates Google’s practices

May 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

South Korea’s competition authority, the Korea Fair Trade Commission, is investigating claims that Google has been abusing its dominant position in the market by blocking alternative search engines on its Android-powered mobile telephones.  The investigation...

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