Updated Immunity Policy to uncover cartel conduct

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has published its updated Immunity and Cooperation Policy for Cartel Conduct.

“Due to the difficulty in detecting cartels and the damage that cartels cause to competitors and consumers, identifying and prosecuting cartel conduct is an enduring priority for the commission,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

“This immunity policy and the threat of civil and criminal penalties are fundamental to the effective discovery and disruption of cartel conduct.”

ACCC institutes proceedings against OmniBlend Australia

Update: Following agreement between the parties regarding consent orders other than penalty, on 17 August 2015 the ACCC's proceedings in relation to allegations of attempted price fixing conduct by Omniblend Australia Pty Ltd were dismissed. The ACCC's proceedings in relation to the resale price maintenance allegations were the subject of declarations and other orders of the Court made on the same day.


Federal Court upholds validity of examination notices issued to Paul and Moses Obeid

The Federal Court has today found that compulsory examination notices issued by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to Paul and Moses Obeid are valid.

The notices were issued under Section 155 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA) and require Paul and Moses Obeid to attend the ACCC offices, give evidence and produce documents in private examinations. Justice Farrell dismissed Moses and Paul Obeid’s application seeking a declaration that these notices are invalid.

ACCC takes action against alleged laundry detergent cartel

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has filed civil proceedings, in the Sydney registry of the Federal Court of Australia, in relation to an alleged cartel that the ACCC alleges denied Australian consumers the benefits of lower prices for laundry detergent products.

The ACCC alleges that Colgate-Palmolive Pty Ltd (Colgate) and PZ Cussons Australia Pty Ltd (Cussons) made and gave effect to cartel and other anti-competitive arrangements. The ACCC alleges that Colgate, Cussons and Unilever Australia Limited (Unilever) entered into arrangements to:

    ACCC statement on Crown/ Echo investigation

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has concluded an investigation following comments made by the Chairman of Echo Entertainment, Mr John O’Neill, that the Chairman of Crown, Mr James Packer, made a statement which could have been interpreted as an attempt to engage in market sharing in relation to casino operations in New South Wales and Queensland.

    The ACCC found that there is insufficient evidence to support a contravention of the cartel provisions of the competition laws.

    ACCC releases discussion paper in cartel immunity policy review

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released a public discussion paper inviting comment upon several key issues arising from its review of the ACCC Immunity Policy for Cartel Conduct.

    Given the importance of an immunity program, the ACCC regularly reviews the effectiveness of its immunity policy and commenced the current review earlier this year. Following a targeted consultation, the ACCC has identified a number of key issues upon which it seeks further comment, including:

      ACCC takes action against Koyo for alleged cartel conduct

      The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has instituted civil proceedings in the Federal Court against Koyo Australia Pty Ltd (Koyo) for alleged cartel conduct relating to the supply of ball and roller bearings for use in motor vehicles and industrial applications.

      The ACCC alleges that in 2008 and 2009, Koyo and at least two of its competitors made and gave effect to two separate cartel arrangements for an increase to the price of bearings to their aftermarket customers.