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China cracks the whip

August 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

China’s regulatory authorities have been particularly busy in the last few weeks by: imposing fines on six infant formula manufacturers for engaging in resale price maintenance (blogged about here and here); imposing fines on five...

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The ACCC’s Byte is bigger than its bark

August 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Following on from our blog earlier this year, we can report that ByteCard Pty Limited (Bytecard) has been well and truly bitten! Late last week, the Federal Court declared, by consent, that a number of...

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The South African Competition Commission (SACC), for the first time, recently made use of its fast-track settlement procedure penalising 15 members of a construction cartel for bid-rigging.  The SACC and the companies came to an...

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Watch the way you display

June 27, 2013 | 1 Comments

In the first infringement notice issued to a publicly listed company, iiNet has been fined $102,000 in relation to the relative prominence of the monthly price and total minimum price in its “Naked DSL” advertisements...

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Not so nonchalant after fine!

June 26, 2013 | 1 Comments

After beginning her reasons for judgment by stating that “[a]t the very least, the Respondent, Nonchalant Pty Ltd (ACN 154 042 903), has behaved as its name suggest – nonchalantly”, Justice Gordon ordered Nonchalant Pty...

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Sharing is caring

June 21, 2013 | 1 Comments

In its consideration of the latest in a string of authorisation applications made in the medical industry to collectively bargain on fee arrangements, the ACCC has proposed not to authorise fee arrangements by ophthalmologists.  In...

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In one of the first decisions since the commencement of the ACCC’s streamlined assessment for single supermarket acquisitions (“Protocol”) (blogged about here), the ACCC has decided to oppose Woolworth’s acquisition of an undeveloped  supermarket site...

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Staying safe this ski season

June 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

For those of us stocking up on winter essentials like hot water bottles, wheat packs, electric blankets, heaters and winter pyjamas, the ACCC warns that “these products pose safety risks if not used properly or...

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In two separate investigations, the European Commission (EC) has conducted dawn raids on the oil and sugar industries for suspected price fixing and cartel conduct. On 14 May 2013, the EC conducted dawn raids on...

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The Queen’s speech

May 20, 2013 | 1 Comments

The UK has been very busy drafting and passing some new consumer and competition bills.  The UK’s Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill (ERR Bill) received Royal Assent on 25 April 2013 and a new Draft...

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