Region: Australia

Australian judge accepts settlement in roofing case

An Australian court has fined two roofing companies and their sole directors €283,000 after they confessed to rigging bids for two projects in the Sydney area.

14 September 2022

RV companies offer divestitures to allay concerns in Australia

Motorhome rental companies THL Group and Apollo Tourism & Leisure have offered to divest a significant portion of the latter’s recreational vehicle business in Australia to address concerns that their merger would harm competition.

07 September 2022

Australian pharma company seeks lenient penalty in criminal cartel case

An active pharmaceutical ingredient producer has asked an Australian court to fine it less than A$1 million (€686,000) after pleading guilty to three counts of criminal cartel conduct, citing the limited impact on Australian consumers.

05 September 2022

Cass-Gottlieb calls for repeal of antitrust exemptions for shippers

The head of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has said that repealing a set of special exemptions that benefit the liner shipping industry would help stimulate competition between rivals on Australian trade routes.

01 September 2022

Australian court issues illegal boycott fines

An Australian court has fined one of the country’s largest construction companies and an industry trade union a total of €928,000 for illegally agreeing to boycott a subcontractor at a building site in Brisbane.

31 August 2022

ACCC raises concerns about Qantas’ acquisition of smaller rival

Australia’s competition watchdog has raised concerns that Qantas’ proposed purchase of rival Alliance Airlines will likely harm competition for air transport services on certain routes in Queensland and Western Australia for corporate customers.

19 August 2022

Company pleads guilty to fixing prices following conditional merger clearance

An Australian waste management company has pleaded guilty to fixing the price of demolition waste services in 2019, just months after it divested a processing plant to alleviate concerns that an acquisition of a rival would harm competition in the market.

16 August 2022

ACCC launches inquiry into social media services

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has launched an inquiry into the state of competition for social media services, including how businesses use display advertising, sponsored posts and paid influencers to engage with and advertise to consumers.

16 August 2022

ACCC mulls divestiture offer in animal health merger

Animal health company Zoetis has proposed divesting the rights to several of rival Jurox’s products related to cow treatments to secure clearance of their merger in Australia.

11 August 2022

Real estate software company offers divestiture in Australia

A real estate technology and software provider has offered to divest its entire Australian business to allay vertical competition concerns related to its acquisition of a stake in a conveyancing services provider.

04 August 2022

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