Jurisdiction: Australia

Acquisitions protocol less than ACCC desires

December 12, 2012 | 2 Comments

The ACCC has reached only limited agreement with one of the major supermarket chains, Coles (owned by Wesfarmers), regarding a voluntary streamlined notification and assessment protocol for small retail acquisitions. The ACCC had proposed that...

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Growing the penalty pie

December 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

The value of a Commonwealth penalty unit is set to increase for the first time in 15 years.  Penalty units are used to determine the amount payable for criminal and civil penalties under a range...

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And then there were two…

December 12, 2012 | 2 Comments

Two more airlines, Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines Cargo, have settled with the ACCC in the air cargo litigation.  The airlines are the eleventh and twelfth airlines to settle, leaving only Air New Zealand and...

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It’s not often that you get to read a case and browse a funky swimwear collection at the same time but this case really has it all – bikinis, trails of Facebook comments, and Justice...

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Reform has a new top dog

December 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

The new chairman of the Productivity Commission, Peter Harris, has an interesting road ahead of him with a number of early challenges.  Luckily, he’s no stranger to difficult reform. His career has spanned many sectors...

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Shot down by metallic paint

December 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

Nissan Motor Co (Australia) Pty Ltd  provided a court enforceable undertaking to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission following an investigation by the Commission of Nissan’s television advertisement for the Nissan DUALIS vehicles.  In addition,...

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The 12 “clicks” of Christmas

December 5, 2012 | 2 Comments

While the level of festive cheer is rising, this is also a time of year when things can go wrong in the rush to find the perfect gift.  At this special time of year we...

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Access All Areas

December 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Productivity Commission (PC) has commenced a 12 month inquiry into the National Access Regime. The Assistant Treasurer (David Bradbury) announced the commencement of the PC’s inquiry on 25 October 2012.  On 30 November, the...

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The Department of Public Works and Government Services Canada has made a bold statement by amending its integrity policy to effectively prevent parties who have been found guilty of bid-rigging from submitting future tenders to...

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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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