Region: Australia

Australia unveils pay-for-news law for Facebook and Google

Australian news publishers – collectively if they choose – will be able to negotiate with Facebook and Google to receive payment for their content under draft legislation that was published today.

31 July 2020

ACCC “pre-populated” draft witness statement in ANZ cartel case

Australia’s competition watchdog “pre-populated” a draft witness statement for an employee of a leniency applicant in its landmark ANZ criminal cartel case, according to testimony by one of the agency’s general managers.

24 July 2020

ACCC rejects claims it was “advised” by leniency applicant

An official at Australia’s competition watchdog has rejected allegations that the authority took legal advice from counsel to a leniency applicant in its ANZ criminal cartel case.

24 July 2020

ACCC grilled on evidence gathering in ANZ cartel case

A top official at Australia’s competition watchdog has faced intense questioning about the agency’s decision not to disclose a potentially exculpatory statement in its landmark ANZ criminal cartel case.

21 July 2020

ACCC omitted exculpatory evidence in ANZ cartel case

Australia’s competition watchdog cut out potentially exculpatory witness remarks in its landmark ANZ cartel case, although the former head of the agency’s serious cartels group explained that she did not know why they were removed.

20 July 2020

ACCC conditionally reauthorises music licensing arrangements

Australia’s competition watchdog has reauthorised a performing rights association’s licensing arrangements for four more years, but attached conditions to ensure greater transparency.

13 July 2020

Australia and New Zealand conditionally clear Elanco/Bayer

Competition enforcers in Australia and New Zealand have cleared Elanco Animal Health’s €7 billion acquisition of Bayer’s animal health business after Elanco agreed to divest several products in each country.

09 July 2020

Qantas accused of predatory conduct despite covid-19 relief

A regional Australian airline has accused flagship carrier Qantas of flooding the route from Sydney to the nearby city of Orange with commercially unsustainable seat capacity to weaken competition.

07 July 2020

Australia’s top court asked to take first merger case

Australia’s competition authority has petitioned the country’s highest court to examine the competitive effects of rail company Pacific National’s acquisition of a key intermodal terminal after a lower court cleared the deal.

29 June 2020

Wallenius Wilhelmsen pleads guilty in Australia

Norwegian shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean has pleaded guilty to criminal cartel charges in Australia’s Federal Court.

18 June 2020

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