Region: Australia

Epic urges Australian court to hear its competition claim

Epic Games has argued that allowing a California court to hear its Australian competition law claims against Apple would “defeat, restrict, limit or diminish” the intended purpose of the law and deprive Australians of the benefits of private enforcement actions.

09 June 2021

ACCC permits first-ever group exemption for collective bargaining

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has launched its first-ever class exemption from competition law, allowing small businesses, franchisees and fuel retailers to collectively bargain without first seeking approval.

03 June 2021

Jury hands ACCC loss in first contested criminal cartel case

A jury in Australia has cleared an assistive technology provider and two individuals of criminally attempting to fix prices and rig bids for products used in rehabilitation and aged care.

02 June 2021

JPMorgan contests settlement disclosure request in Australian cartel case

JPMorgan has pushed back against claims that its discussions with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the country’s financial regulator during the course of leniency negotiations should be disclosed to banks fighting cartel charges in a landmark case.

01 June 2021

ACCC allowed to join Epic/Apple battle

Australia’s competition authority has been granted permission by the country’s Federal Court to intervene in Epic Games’ appeal against a decision staying its monopolisation lawsuit against Apple, as Google also seeks to weigh in on the dispute.

12 May 2021

ACCC considers behavioural fix to remedy food sector deal

Woolworths Group and PFD Food Services have proposed a behavioural fix to alleviate the Australian competition enforcer’s concerns that their proposed tie-up would harm competition by removing an important buyer in the food distribution market.

11 May 2021

ACCC seeks to intervene in Epic/Apple fight

Australia’s competition watchdog has sought permission to weigh in during Epic Games’ appeal against a decision by the country’s Federal Court to stay its monopolisation lawsuit against Apple.

10 May 2021

Qantas/Japan Airlines alliance struggles to take off

Australia’s competition watchdog has provisionally rejected an application by flag carrier Qantas and Japan Airlines to coordinate on flights between Australia and Japan for three years under a proposed joint business agreement.

06 May 2021

Australia settles first misuse of market power case under new law

A state-owned port operator misused its market power by imposing a new port access charge on a customer that wanted to switch to a different provider of towage and pilotage services, an Australian court has found.

05 May 2021

ACCC puts Apple and Google on notice over app marketplace dominance

Australia’s competition watchdog has found that Apple and Google are dominant distributors of mobile apps and recommended that they provide consumers with greater choice to change pre-installed apps and allow developers to offer alternative payment options.

28 April 2021

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