Jurisdiction: Australia

ACCC and China get cosy

November 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

It seems KWM are not the only ones looking to expand their horizons in China! In September, the ACCC announced that it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the State Administrator for Industry...

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By the beerest of margins

November 16, 2012 | 2 Comments

The proposed Budweiser–Corona deal, first made public in late June this year, has come under renewed scrutiny in the US this week despite receiving clearance from the Mexican Competition Authority on 15 November 2012. Anheuser-Busch...

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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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King hit for beef that’s not from the Island

October 17, 2012 | 1 Comments

On 14 August 2012 the Federal Court in Victoria found that the Melbourne-based butcher and retailer had contravened both the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) and the equivalent provisions of the former Trade Practices Act (TPA),...

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It’s the end of the road for Seven Group Holdings (Seven) as the ACCC has decided to oppose its proposed acquisition of Consolidated Media Holdings (CMH). This is the latest decision of the ACCC to...

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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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New Zealand’s Commerce Commission has reached a settlement with insurer IAG New Zealand Limited after it admitted to breaching the NZ Fair Trading Act in relation to more than 150,000 insurance policies. As a result...

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Justice Bennett v Justin Bieber

September 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Full Federal Court has dismissed an appeal by two Australian mobile premium service providers against an earlier judgment that particular advertisements were misleading or likely to mislead consumers about continuing premium rate mobile phone...

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ACCC gives industry a peek at its hand

September 14, 2012 | 1 Comments

As noted in our post on the UK petrol inquiry, Rod Sims gave a speech on 12 September 2012 to the Australasian Convenience and Petroleum Marketers Association (available here), in which he outlined the ACCC’s...

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UK petrol stations under the pump

September 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

The crusades against petrol prices continue, with the UK OFT the latest regulator to take up the cause. Since at least February this year, the OFT has been fielding calls to investigate petrol retailers. It...

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