Sector: Consumer & retail

Instant noodlers in hot water

April 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Korean Fair Trade Commission has fined four major noodle manufacturers 135.4 billion won (approximately AUD115 million) for fixing the prices of instant noodles.  The KFTC found that the four companies (who hold a combined...

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French regulator redresses salad cartel

April 1, 2012 | 1 Comments

France’s Competition Authority (the Autorité de la Concurrence), has fined 11 French endive growers and several of their professional bodies 3.6 million euros (approximately AUD4.8 million) for taking part in a price-fixing cartel.  The Authority...

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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 13 January 2012, Mega Brands (“Mega”) filed an antitrust action against its competitor, Lego, in the Los Angeles federal district court, alleging anticompetitive behaviour in the construction toys market. Mega’s action makes a number...

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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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Amendments to the Trade Practices Act introduced in April 2010 as part of the new Australian Consumer Law give the ACCC power to issue notices requiring a person to substantiate a claim or representation made...

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