Egg companies beating Australian cartel charges wins Behavioural Matter of the Year - Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa at GCR Awards 2018

An egg company's successful challenge to the Australian competition enforcer's allegations of illegal collusion has won behavioural matter of the year - Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa, at the GCR Awards 2018.

The case was shortlisted alongside a jurisdictional challenge by Indian telecoms companies Vodafone, Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and the Cellular Operators Association of India, and taxi aggregator Ola's successful challenge to the Indian enforcer's abuse of dominance allegations.

In September 2017, the Full Federal Court of Australia upheld the Federal Court’s decision to dismiss the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s allegations that two egg producers, three executives and an egg industry association had illegally colluded to reduce egg supplies. The trial court had found that the defendants had planned to take action to tackle egg over-supply, but concluded the ACCC failed to prove their conduct violated Australian cartel laws. The Full Federal Court agreed – rejecting the Australian antitrust enforcer’s claim that it did not have to show there were mutual or reciprocal obligations to make the case stick. The appeals court found the enforcer was obliged to do this, as that was how it had pleaded its case.

Counsel to Australian Egg Corporation and James Kellaway

MinterEllison

Brian Martin Chambers

Ian Robertson SC in Adelaide

Counsel to Farm Pride Foods

B2B Lawyers

Owen Dixon Chambers West

Colin Golvan QC in Melbourne

Counsel to Twelve Oaks Poultry

Henry Davis York (now Norton Rose Fulbright)

Partner Stephen Gorry in Sydney

Counsel to Twelve Oaks Poultry and Zelko Lendich

Blackstone Chambers

Peter Gray SC in Sydney

Aickin Chambers

Luke Merrick in Melbourne (now at List G Barristers)

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