Australia: Regulator probes Emergent, Oxford cold storage deal

Australia: Regulator probes Emergent, Oxford cold storage deal

The ACCC has raised preliminary competition concerns about Emergent Cold’s proposed acquisition of rival cold storage operator Oxford, outlined in a statement of issues published today. Oxford and Emergent Cold are the second and third biggest suppliers of third-party cold storage services in Victoria. Cold storage is an integral part of the domestic and international […]

Australia: Sims discusses imbalance between media and digital platforms

Australia: Sims discusses imbalance between media and digital platforms

Disruption and dislocation in the media markets should concern all Australians, ACCC Chair Rod Sims said at the Melbourne Press Club today. In a speech reflecting on the recommendations in the final report of the ACCC’s Digital Platforms Inquiry, released last month, Mr Sims noted the regulatory imbalance between traditional media and digital platforms. “While […]

Australia: Regulator concerned over Saputo buying cheese business

Australia: Regulator concerned over Saputo buying cheese business

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has preliminary competition concerns about dairy company Saputo’s proposed acquisition of the Tasmanian-based cheese business of competitor Lion Dairy & Drinks. Saputo owns a milk processing plant in Smithton, Tasmania. It proposes to acquire Lion’s Tasmanian cheese processing plants, located in Burnie and King Island, as well as […]

Australia: Medical booking app facing multi-million-dollar fines

Australia: Medical booking app facing multi-million-dollar fines

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has launched legal action against the Perth-based HealthEngine in the Federal Court, accusing it of misleading and deceptive conduct. In June last year, the ABC revealed HealthEngine was passing on users’ most sensitive health information to law firms seeking clients for personal injury claims. The details of the deal […]

Ten Things To Know About The ACCC’s Digital Platforms Inquiry

Ten Things To Know About The ACCC’s Digital Platforms Inquiry

August 2019 CPI Oceania Column edited by Sam Sadden (CPI) presents: Ten Things To Know About The ACCC’s Digital Platforms Inquiry By Prof. Caron Beaton-Wells (University of Melbourne)1 Click here for a PDF version of the article   On July 26, 2019 the much-anticipated final report of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (“ACCC”) in […]

Australia: ACCC won’t oppose Wesfarmers/Catch deal

Australia: ACCC won’t oppose Wesfarmers/Catch deal

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has decided not to oppose the proposed acquisition of online retailer Catch Group by Wesfarmers. Wesfarmers⁠—through its Kmart and Target stores—and Catch both retail a variety of products to consumers, ranging from clothing and general merchandise to homewares and electronics. Catch offers out-of-season, clearance, or overrun branded products, […]

Australia: Regulator opens consultation on Landmark-Ruralco deal

Australia: Regulator opens consultation on Landmark-Ruralco deal

Australia’s competition regulator on Monday, July 29, opened consultation on a proposed undertaking by Canada’s Nutrien to sell three of its regional stores to address concerns over its takeover bid of rural services firm Ruralco. Under the draft undertaking, Nutrien’s wholly owned unit Landmark would divest three rural merchandise stores located in Broome, Alice Springs […]

Australia: ACCC reports “holistic, dynamic reforms needed” to address digital platforms

Australia: ACCC reports “holistic, dynamic reforms needed” to address digital platforms

On Friday, July 26, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) posted the final report of its Digital Platforms Inquiry. The report contains 23 recommendations, spanning competition law, consumer protection, media regulation and privacy law, reflecting the intersection of issues arising from the growth of digital platforms. “Our recommendations are comprehensive and forward looking and […]

Australia: ACCC says wine grape growers at disadvantage

Australia: ACCC says wine grape growers at disadvantage

Australia’s wine industry needs increased competition among grape buyers to boost its growth prospects, the country’s competition watchdog says. Some growers are waiting up to nine months to be paid for grapes amid low levels of competition between winemakers, which is also leading to inefficient production and a lack of innovation and investment in the […]

Australia: Court dismisses ACCC’s case against Woolworths

Australia: Court dismisses ACCC’s case against Woolworths

The Federal Court has found that Woolworths’ environmental claims that its ‘Select eco’ range of disposable plates, bowls and cutlery were “biodegradable and compostable” were not false or misleading. “We argued that Woolworths’ claims meant a consumer could reasonably expect the disposable products would decompose in landfills or domestic composting within a reasonable time,” ACCC […]

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