Jurisdiction: Australia

The ACCC has announced that it will not oppose AGL Energy’s proposed acquisition of Loy Yang Power.  Loy Yang Power owns Victoria’s largest power station and provides approximately one third of Victoria’s power requirements.  AGL...

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On 3 February 2012, the Federal Court of Australia handed down its decision with respect to ACCC’s claim for legal professional privilege on documents sought under a notice to produce. The respondents challenged the claim...

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On 17 February 2012, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) called for submissions on a draft nutrition, health and related claims Standard. It is intended that the new standard would regulate voluntary statements made by...

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As the ACCC keeps a close eye on energy retailers, its recent success in the Federal Court against Energy Watch is worth mentioning. The Court found that Energy Watch Pty Ltd, a provider of brokering...

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King & Wood Mallesons has bolstered its leading competition practice with the lateral hire of Stephen Ridgeway, one of Australia’s preeminent and most respected competition lawyers. Stephen will join the firm’s Melbourne office from Ashurst...

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On 21 March 2012, the ACCC announced that it would not oppose the proposed acquisition by Visy of the PET and plastic assets of HP.  The ACCC formed the view that the proposed acquisition was...

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On 23 February 2012, Justice Middleton of the Federal Court fined Hooker Meats Pty Ltd $50,000 for engaging in misleading or deceptive conduct.  The Court found that Hooker Meats misled consumers when it claimed that...

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On Valentine’s Day, 14 February 2012, the ACCC played relationship counsellor in the telco space by ‘declaring’ wholesale ADSL services under section 152AL of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 such that access to those...

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A ‘dawn raid’ is a well-recognised, often public, example of the ACCC’s formal enforcement powers.  However, the ACCC may also conduct investigations on a more informal, voluntary basis.  This informal approach is sometimes preferred by...

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Third-line forcing occurs when a supplier agrees to supply its goods/services to a customer on condition that the customer acquires goods/services of a particular type from an unrelated third person specified by the supplier.  This constitutes a...

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