Litigation

Foreign companies that engage in cartel conduct in Australia may be out of sight, but they are certainly not out of mind (or out of reach) when it comes to the ACCC enforcing the provisions...

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Earlier in September, Justice Dowsett of the Federal Court handed down a decision ordering three publishing companies (‘Elite Publishing’) to pay total penalties of $400,000 for misleading and deceptive conduct and unconscionable conduct. The companies’...

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Back in 2005, a number of merchants commenced class actions against Visa and Mastercard, alleging the companies had conspired with US banks to fix credit card processing fees, at around 2 per cent of the...

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The Pilbara saga continues

September 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

The High Court has delivered its decision on Fortescue’s long running attempt to get access to two of Rio Tinto’s railway lines in the Pilbara under Part IIIA of the Trade Practices Act 1974 (as it was...

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In the past week, the ACCC and New Zealand Commerce Commission (NZCC) have both defeated challenges to the prosecution of cartel conduct engaged in by companies that operate on an international scale. In Australia, the...

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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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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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On May 8 2012, China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) issued its first judicial interpretation of private anti-monopoly litigation. The new framework, including the key changes outlined below, will come into effect 1 June 2012. Standing:...

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Spiderman caught in a web of antitrust

May 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

Producers of the most expensive show in Broadway history, Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, have filed a lawsuit against the musical’s former (Tony Award-winning) director Julie Taymor. The plaintiffs, 8 Legged Productions, have alleged that...

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On 17 January 2012, the Amsterdam Court of Appeal declared an international collective settlement binding in the Converium/SCOR securities class action – the first such case settled on a Trans-Atlantic basis. In addition to showing...

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