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On 30 October 2014, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) released their joint 2013-14 Annual Report. The 390-page report details the actions taken by the ACCC and AER...

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On 8 March 2013, the NZ Commerce Commission published draft Authorisation Guidelines and Mergers and Acquisitions Guidelines for public consultation. The Authorisation Guidelines outline the NZCC’s approach when considering authorisations of transactions that may otherwise...

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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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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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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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