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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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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 Australia Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) recently released its report into airport pricing and quality for 2011-2012. The report measures airport performance based upon feedback received from customers, airlines and other stakeholders. The ACCC...

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Will Lehman eat porridge for SCDOs?

May 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

The liquidators of Lehman Brothers Australia are appealing a landmark Federal Court decision that found it liable for losses suffered by a number of local councils and charity groups. Late last year the Federal Court...

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Following our earlier post on the Federal Government’s nomination of ACCC Commissioners, Assistant Treasurer David Bradbury today announced that Dr Michael Schaper and Ms Sarah Court have been reappointed, and Ms Cristina Cifuentes appointed, as...

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