From:                                         Adjudication

Sent:                                           Wednesday, 23 August 2017 3:07 PM

To:                                               'jlinsten@ford.com'

Subject:                                     Third line forcing notification N99811- N99815 lodged by Ford Motor Company of Australia Limited [DLM=Sensitive]

 

Security Classification:       Sensitive

 

Dear Ms Linsten

 

I refer to the third line forcing notifications lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (the ACCC) by Ford Motor Company of Australia Limited on 10 August 2017. They have been allocated the registration numbers N99811–N99815. The notifications and this email will be placed on the ACCC’s public register which is available on the ACCC’s website.

The protection from legal action provided by the notification commences automatically 14 days after the lodgement date, unless the ACCC objects.

On the basis of the information that you have provided, and that the parties will disclose all relevant terms and conditions to franchisees, the ACCC does not object to the notifications at this time.

If at any time circumstances change, or the ACCC receives further information, such that it is satisfied that the public benefits from the third line forcing conduct do not outweigh the public detriments, the ACCC may remove the protection provided by the notification.

                           

This assessment has been made on the basis that Ford Motor Company of Australia Limited will disclose all relevant terms and conditions to current and prospective franchisees. In particular I note that Ford Motor Company of Australia Limited is required to comply with the disclosure requirements of the Franchising Code of Conduct in relation to the notified arrangement.

 

Please contact Kaitlin Hanrahan on 03 9290 1917 or by email to adjudication@accc.gov.au if you have any questions about this matter.

 

Regards

David Jones
General Manager | Adjudication
Australian Competition & Consumer Commission
23 Marcus Clarke Street Canberra 2601 |
http://www.accc.gov.au