Competition and Antitrust



Meet the Co-chairs - TAGLAW


Dekker, Cees
Nysingh advocaten-notarissen N.V.
cees.dekker@nysingh.nl


Hill, Christopher S.
Kirton McConkie, PC
chill@kmclaw.com


Hauck, Dieter
Preslmayr Rechtsanwälte
hauck@preslmayr.at



On October 24, 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) delivered its preliminary ruling in the case between Apple and eBizcuss, a former reseller of Apple products. (Case C‑595/17).

The judgment addresses a heavily contested issue: the application of contractual jurisdiction clauses in actions for damages for infringements of competition law. Importantly, the preliminary ruling distinguishes between Article 101 of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) (which deals with anti-competitive agreements and concerted practices such as cartels) and Article 102 of the TFEU (which deals with abuse of dominance) as regards the applicability of choice of forum clauses to competition damages claims.

Read more: CJEU Clarifies Application of Choice of Forum Clauses in Damage Claims for Breach of Competition Law


Authors: Ian Nathaniel, Partner and Conrad Banasik, Associate

The small business unfair contract term legisation has been in force for almost 2 years, and the ACCC has been making enforcement of this legislation a priority.

However, ACCC Chairman Rod Sims has recently said that these changes are “deeply flawed”. He said that the law “does not go far enough, and its limitations really tie our hands as a regulator. What we want is unfair contract terms to be made illegal and we want huge penalties to apply.”

Ian Nathaniel, Partner and Conrad Banasik, Associate, take a look at recent ACCC enforcement action and whether the legislation needs to be strengthened.

Read more: Australian Competition & Consumer Commission Priority – Small Business Unfair Contract Terms...


Author: Tom Griffith, Partner

Following a finding on 19 March 2018 that Heinz had engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct, the Federal Court of Australia last week hit the food giant with a $2.25 million penalty. The decision marks a fresh approach to the regulation of the marketing of food products to address concerns that health benefits not be overstated, especially when targeted at children and their parents or carers, who are the purchasers of the products. It is a reminder for companies that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has power to request the imposition of significant penalties, and is not afraid to do so.

Read more: ‘Heinz Sight’ is a Wonderful Thing: Food Giant Ordered to Pay $2.25 Million in Penalties


Authors: Tim Clark, Partner & Andrew Barling, Senior Associate

Following continuing complaints by consumers in relation to differences between the advertised NBN service speeds and those actually experienced by consumers, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) continues to monitor the claims made by retail carriage service providers (RSPs) and has now taken action against one RSP.

Read more: Stay in your speed lane - a further warning to retail carriage service providers about NBN speed...


Author: Dieter Hauck

The Federal Cartel Authority (FCA) has published for consultation draft guidelines on the good conduct of entrepreneurs.(1) Interested parties had until 27 August 2018 to submit their comments.

Overview

For many years, issues have been raised - although few cases brought - regarding complaints against certain business practices, particularly, relating to the negotiation and enforcement of terms of contract resulting from a gross economic imbalance between contractual partners in the supply chain. 

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