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Clayton Utz | Australia | 28 Feb 2019

ACCC's 2019 priorities: Strong enforcement action with a focus on anti-competitive practices and consumer law penalties

Australian businesses - particularly financial services, digital advertising, energy, telcos, retailers and manufacturers - should prepare for


Clayton Utz | Australia | 25 May 2017

Significant changes proposed to the National Access Regime

The Competition and Consumer Amendment (Competition Policy Review) Bill 2017 represents the Commonwealth Government’s second stage of implementing


Clayton Utz | Australia | 22 Dec 2016

Significant reforms to the gas market regime on the way

2017 is shaping up to be an important year for those in the gas industry, with significant changes to the operation of the gas market regime. A


Clayton Utz | Australia | 22 Dec 2016

The Limited Merits Review regime for electricity and gas to be amended, not abolished

At the August meeting of the COAG Energy Council, a review was initiated of the role of Limited Merits Review for gas and electricity regulatory


Clayton Utz | Australia | 5 Sep 2016

Harper Bill and related competition law reforms released for consultation

Major shake-ups to Australian competition laws are closer with the release of three separate consultation packages today implementing the Harper


Clayton Utz | Australia | 20 Jul 2016

Australia pursues first criminal cartel prosecution

This week, Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) pleaded guilty to criminal cartel conduct in the Federal Court. It is the


Clayton Utz | Australia | 3 Feb 2016

ASIC issues reminder for businesses to check for unfair contract terms

The release this week of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission's (ASIC's) Media Release 16-018MR and Information Sheet 221 provides a


Clayton Utz | Australia | 9 Dec 2015

Negotiating agreed penalties with regulators is OK, says High Court

Regulators and the businesses they regulate can avoid lengthy court proceedings and negotiate an agreed set of facts and a proposed penalty, following


Clayton Utz | Australia | 15 Sep 2015

$18 million penalty for Visa's exclusive dealing in Dynamic Currency Conversion

The ACCC has had a substantial victory in its long-running case against Visa Worldwide over alleged exclusive dealing in breach of section 47 of the


Clayton Utz | Australia | 5 May 2015

Agreed pecuniary penalties with regulators no longer a done deal

Regulators' practice of agreeing pecuniary penalties with businesses has been dealt a serious blow by the Full Bench of the Federal Court (Director

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