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On Monday 22 September, the Competition Policy Review Panel released its Draft Report on the effectiveness of Australia’s current competition policy and laws, and its recommendations for the promotion of competition across the country (see...

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Below cost pricing?

September 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

According to reports in Friday’s Australian FinancialRreview, (Hannah Low, page 32), the ACCC has sought to widen its claim against Pfizer. We previously reported (see also here) that the ACCC had brought proceedings against Pfizer...

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CUB swims against the tide

May 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

The ACCC has taken action against Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) for representations on the labelling of Byron Bay Pale Lager that gave the impression it was brewed by a local Byron Bay brewer, when...

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Peter McInnes Pty Ltd (an importer and wholesaler of kitchenware products in Australia), has provided court-enforceable undertakings to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) following its investigation of allegations that Peter McInnes Pty Ltd...

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Doors open at the CMA

April 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

On 1 April 2014, significant reforms to the UK competition law regime came into effect. Most significantly, the Office of Fair Trading and the Competition Commission are replaced by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). ...

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Mitsubishi Electric found guilty of RPM

January 7, 2014 | 2 Comments

The Federal Court has ordered Mitsubishi Electric Australia Pty Ltd pay penalties of $2.2 million for engaging in resale price maintenance. As previously reported, the ACCC instituted proceedings against Mitsubishi Electric in November. The ACCC alleged...

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Knock it off or pay the price

October 16, 2013 | 1 Comments

When an AGL door knocker was confronted with a sign on a consumer’s front door featuring the image of a fist with a line struck through it, accompanied by large, capitalised words stating ‘DO NOT...

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The New Zealand Commerce Commission (NZCC) has been busy on the criminal enforcement front.  Weeks after it successfully completed its first criminal prosecution under the New Zealand Crimes Act (see our previous post), the NZCC...

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US shut down

October 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

A US Government shutdown began on 1 October 2013 after Congress failed to pass a spending bill to fund government operations for the next fiscal year. Until Congress can agree on funding, non-essential government services...

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The sooner the better

September 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

Five years after the DG Comp imposed a whopping €128 million (approximately AU$184 million) fine on petrochemical company Total, and following an appeal by Total, the EU General Court has reduced the original fine by...

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