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ACCC v Medibank decision provides some comfort for health funds

On 30 August 2017, the Federal Court delivered its decision in the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC's) case against Medibank Private Limited (Medibank), dismissing each of the ACCC's allegations against...more

Car manufacturers' annus horribilis - Takata airbags and the ACCC's enforcement focus

It is a tumultuous time for Australian car manufacturers. - The ACCC (the Australian competition, antitrust and consumer law regulator) released its draft study report into the new car retailing industry earlier this...more

Cartel Enforcement Global Review - June 2017

DLA Piper is proud to present the 2017 global review of cartel enforcement, which provides insights into trends that have emerged around the world in recent years, using our global network of competition and antitrust lawyers...more

Economic regulation in the face of declining demand

Overview of decision - On 28 March 2016, the Federal Court dismissed Telstra's appeal against the ACCC's October 2015 decision setting the prices for fixed line telecommunications services. In upholding the ACCC's...more

Australian competition and consumer law update for food & beverage sector

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) recently released its Compliance and Enforcement Policy for 2017. The compliance and enforcement priorities that are likely to be most relevant to businesses in the...more

ACCC continuing to target private health insurance in 2017

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has singled out consumer issues in private health insurance as a priority area for 2017. Released on 24 February, the 2017 ACCC Compliance and Enforcement Policy...more

ACCC Investigations: Be prepared in 2017

The start of a new calendar year marks a good opportunity for businesses to review their competition and consumer law compliance programs and identify key risk areas for the year ahead. The most recent annual report of the...more

Australian competition and consumer law update for food and beverage sector

The ACCC has released an Issues Paper in its Inquiry into the Australian dairy industry seeking feedback on issues including: The Inquiry follows a number of other developments this year that have put the spotlight on...more

Competition law scrutiny of patent settlements - a new focus in Australia?

Settlement agreements in patent disputes between pharmaceutical companies may soon face greater competition law scrutiny in Australia. The Productivity Commission has put ‘pay for delay’ patent settlements between originator...more

Australia: a rapidly changing power market

Australia is a fascinating case study in the global energy sector. Factors including Federal and State government incentives have driven rapid uptake of renewable generation and other emerging technologies, making Australia...more

Life Sciences Spotlight - Asia Pacific Issue 7, 2016

Welcome to the seventh edition of Life Sciences Spotlight, and our very first AusBiotech/Biofest conference edition. We are very pleased to provide updates on a number of developments in the life sciences sector across...more

ACCC investigations: A short guide on what to do and how to prepare

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has powers to investigate potential breaches of competition and consumer law in Australia – including cartel conduct, anti-competitive arrangements, misuse of market...more

Australian Competition Law - Update for the aviation industry

Competition law is a regulatory risk which airlines operating in Australia need to manage. The legal changes identified in our update present both opportunities and risks. DLA Piper has significant experience in the...more

Unfair contract terms will soon apply to contracts with small business

Do you need to review your standard form contracts? This update provides a summary of the new laws extending the unfair contract terms prohibition to standard form contracts with small business in Australia. The new...more

Will network charges encourage the installation of residential batteries?

It remains to be seen what impact batteries will have on the operation of Australia’s electricity networks. They may become an integral part of those networks, could be used as a substitute for those networks and may...more

Competition & Regulation Update: Open Season on Access – Implications of Declaration of the Port of Newcastle

On 31 May 2016, the Australian Competition Tribunal granted Glencore’s appeal and declared a service involving the use of the shipping channel at the Port of Newcastle. The Tribunal’s reasons radically alter the application...more

ACL Review to Consider the Adequacy of Consumer Laws for Comparator Websites

The ACL is a national set of consumer protection laws that has operated in Australia since 1 January 2011. The ACL is a schedule to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth). CAANZ will conduct a comprehensive review...more

Australian Competition & Regulation Update - Misuse of Wholesale Electricity Market Power - US Class Action Proceeds

WHAT HAPPENED IN THE US? Class Action to proceed On 1 April 2016, a US District Court allowed a class action to proceed. The action was brought by Merced Irrigations District (Merced) against Barclays Bank PLC...more

Consequences for those involved in cartel conduct increasing in Australia and abroad

Companies and individuals who breach prohibitions against cartel conduct face increasing levels of fines and other penalties in Australia and overseas. In this article, we outline expected developments in Australia this year,...more

Australian Competition & Regulation Update for Port & Rail Infrastructure Operators and Users

In this update we touch on recent events in the competition and regulation space of relevance to port and rail infrastructure owners and access seekers, being: a recent decision of the Australian Competition...more

4/11/2016  /  ACCC , Australia , Infrastructure , Ports , Railways

Misuse of market power: How proposed changes to the law will affect the private health insurance sector

The Turnbull Government recently announced that it will adopt the Harper Review's recommendation to amend section 46 of the Competition and Consumer Act. The Government expects to introduce the relevant legislation into...more

Australian competition law - Update for the aviation industry

High Court to hear ACCC appeal of Flight Centre decision regarding carrier agent discussions On 11 March 2016, the High Court granted special leave to the ACCC to appeal the decision of the Full Federal Court in the Flight...more

Antitrust Matters - March 2016: Hubs, spokes, middlemen and signalling

Despite European competition law's dynamic and ever-evolving nature, for a very long period of time undertakings could rely on two quasi-certainties: first, that vertical information gathering – gathering or exchanging...more

COMPETITION & REGULATION UPDATE: HOW SHOULD YOU RESPOND TO AN AER INVESTIGATION?

The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has broad powers to investigate suspected breaches of the National Electricity Rules (NER) including to issue section 28 notices to produce documents and information and to obtain search...more

Bidding in good faith rule change: Practical steps to minimise the risk of an AER investigation

The change to the rebidding rule published by the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) in December will come into effect on 1 July 2016. As such, participants have a relatively short period in which to determine,...more

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