Jurisdiction: Australia

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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On 30 August 2012, the ACCC released “The Marker” – a short film giving a dramatic representation of the devastating effects that participation in a cartel can have on the businesses and individuals involved (see...

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Two more shots in the supermarket war

August 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

Two reports released last week attack the supermarket majors for anti-competitive practices, returning the focus to the ACCC’s consideration of groceries and adding to calls for a formal investigation. The peak employer organisation for independent...

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In recent weeks, we’ve had two indications of the way in which misleading and deceptive conduct provisions apply to third party content on social platforms like Facebook. While we’ve known for a long time that...

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ACCC all gassed up and ready to go!

August 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

Rod Sims has stuck to his guns when he said that cartels are one of the ACCC’s 2012 enforcement priorities.   Just yesterday, the ACCC instituted civil proceedings in the Federal Court against two gas supply...

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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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Parliament hasn’t given the ACCC any new powers to perform its role as “carbon cop”, but the Commission’s early track record suggests it’s keeping energy retailers (and others) on their toes. ACCC Chairman Rod Sims...

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Whilst concerns have been raised about the impacts of greater vertical integration in wholesale electricity markets both overseas and here in Australia, the ACCC found enough reasons to think that the markets can cope with...

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The ACCC has announced it is sharpening its approach to reviewing small acquisitions of supermarkets, liquor, petrol and hardware stores by the big supermarkets.  It wants to set up a streamlined approach where in exchange...

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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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