• The ACCC is seeking leave to appeal the Federal Court decision dismissing its case against Pfizer for alleged misuse of market power and exclusive dealing. See our in-depth analysis of the decision here.  
  • The Senate has launched an inquiry into the effect of market consolidation on the red meat processing sector (including the potential for misuse of market power). Submissions close 15 May 2015 and a report is due 12 August 2015.
  • Consultations have begun on the New Zealand Food Safety Law Reform Bill, which implements recommendations made from the Why Protein Contamination inquiry following an incident of suspected contamination. Submissions may be made until 7 May 2015.  
  • The ACCC’s annual National Consumer Congress witnessed a diverse range of speakers from regulators, government, tribunals, consumer groups, academia and businesses discussing approaches to better protect and empower consumers in the lead up to the upcoming review of the ACL (due to commence this year and be completed by 2017 – watch this space for more). Read about the highlights and observations here.  
  • Fage, the Greek manufacturer of TOTAL Greek yogurt retailed in the UK for almost 30 years, has succeeded in the UK’s High Court in an extended passing off action against US company Chobani. The Court considered that the phrase ‘Greek yoghurt’ had sufficient reputation and goodwill in the UK denoting a distinctive type of yoghurt made in Greece such that use of the same phrase to describe Chobani’s yoghurt which was not made in Greece (but is ‘Greek style’ yoghurt) would involve a damaging misrepresentation. Listen to our podcast on the case here.

Upcoming key dates 

  • Country of Origin labelling consultation – to start 21 April 2015 
  • Consultations on the New Zealand Food Safety Law Reform Bill – submissions due by 7 May 2015 
  • Competition and Consumer Amendment (Deregulatory and Other Measures) Bill 2015 (changes to mandatory reporting for food businesses) – referred to the Economics Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 13 May 2015 
  • Consultations on the draft exposure legislation for the extension of the unfair terms regime due by 12 May 2015 
  • Harper Review - comments on the final report due by 26 May 2015.