Region: Australia

Australian medicine company hit with 33 criminal cartel charges

An Australian company that produces active pharmaceutical ingredients and its former export manager have each been charged with 33 criminal cartel offences following an investigation by the country’s competition watchdog.

01 December 2020

Google offers behavioural fix in Australia for Fitbit deal

Google has offered not to use certain data collected through its wearable devices for advertising purposes for 10 years to allay concerns that its proposed acquisition of health tracking company Fitbit would harm competition.

30 November 2020

Ice cream company chilled competition, ACCC alleges

One of Australia’s largest individual ice cream suppliers harmed competition by implementing an exclusive dealing arrangement with a major food distributor, the country’s competition watchdog has alleged.

20 November 2020

ACCC watches as Epic Games brings Apple fight to Australia

Epic Games has filed a lawsuit in Australia accusing Apple of illegally maintaining its monopoly over the distribution of apps and in-app payments on its mobile platform, as the country’s competition watchdog said it is keeping a close eye on the case.

18 November 2020

Community round-up: Ashurst promotes in Brussels and Sydney

Ashurst has promoted two counsel to partner, while DLA Piper has recruited an official from Chile’s competition authority and in Ireland, two antitrust lawyers have been appointed senior counsel.

23 October 2020

ACCC seeks to penalise crane cartel

Australia’s competition watchdog has accused NQCranes of conspiring with a rival to allocate the market for overhead cranes.

19 October 2020

ACCC seeks resale price maintenance injunction

Australia’s competition watchdog has asked a court to impose fines and issue an injunction against a sporting goods wholesaler for alleged resale price maintenance after previously warning the company to cease its conduct on three separate occasions.

14 October 2020

Post-coronavirus airline competition is crucial, Sims says

Quickly identifying and remedying any potential damage to competition in the domestic airline industry is critical when the sector starts to rebound from the covid-19 pandemic, the head of Australia’s antitrust enforcer has said.

17 September 2020

Mylan/Upjohn cleared with remedies

Competition enforcers in New Zealand and Australia have cleared the proposed merger of Pfizer’s subsidiary Upjohn with Mylan subject to a series of divestitures.

10 September 2020

Australia probes app stores

Australia’s competition watchdog has launched an investigation into mobile applications stores and will examine the extent of competition between Google and Apple in the market.

09 September 2020

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