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Leading and other important cases are highlighted in boxes below. High Court cases are highlighted in blue. These largely exclude agreed contravention and penalty cases. Note that where matters have been appealed the case is sorted by the year of the highest appeal decision. The case list is not - and is not intended - to be exhaustive and additional cases and summaries will continue to be added over time.

2017

ACCC v Olex Australia Pty Ltd [2017] FCA 222 (9 March 2017)
Allegations of cartel conduct (dismissed)

Bendigo and Adelaide Banks & Ors (Authorisation application re: ApplePay)
Application for authorisation in respect of ApplePay (collective bargaining and boycott)
Authorisation denied

 

2016

External linkACCC v Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited [2016] FCA 1516
Attempted cartel conduct (admitted) (penalties imposed higher than those 'agreed')

External linkACCC v Australian Egg Corporation Limited [2016] FCA 69
Cartel conduct (appeal lodged 2 March 2016)

ACCC v Cement Australia [2016] FCA 453
Penalty judgment (anti-competitive agreements)

ACCC v P T Garuda Indonesia Ltd [2016] FCAFC 42 (21 March 2016)
Appeal from: ACCC v Air New Zealand Limited [2014] FCA 1157
Price fixing; 'market in Australia'; s 4E

 

2015

legal imageACCC v ANZ Ltd [2015] FCAFC 103 (31 July 2015)
Appeal from: ACCC v ANZ Ltd [2013] FCA 1206 (18 November 2013)
Full Federal Court - price fixing and agency

ACCC v Pfizer [2015] FCA (25 February 2015)
Misuse of market power; exclusive dealing

External linkCommonwealth of Australia v Director, Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate; Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union v Director, Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate [2015] HCA 46
This case was not a competition law case; however it related to the common practice of parties agreeing with regulators on appropriate penalties to present to the Court. The High Court concluded that "in civil penalty proceedings, courts are not precluded from considering and, if appropriate, imposing penalties that are agreed between the parties" (quote taken from judgment summary). This restored the common practice that had been halted as a result of the Full Federal Court's decision which precluded joint penalty submissions.

Flight Centre Limited v Australian Competition and Consumer Commission [2015] FCAFC 104
Appeal from: ACCC v Flight Centre Limited (No 2) [2013] FCA 1313
(6 December 2013)
Note: Special Leave to the High Court granted in March 2016

 

2014

 

2013

ACCC v ANZ Ltd [2013] FCA 1206 (18 November 2013)
Price fixing

ACCC v Cement Australia [2013] FCA 909 (10 September 2013)
Anti-competitive agreements, misuse of market power

ACCC v Flight Centre Limited (No 2) [2013] FCA 1313 (6 December 2013)
Price fixing attempt and penalties

ACCC v Koyo Australia Pty Ltd [2013] FCA 105 (18 October 2013)
Admitted cartel conduct - penalties by consent

ACCC v Prysmian Cavi E Sistemi Energia SRL (No 5) [2013] FCA 294 (5 April 2013) (Justice Lander)
Price fixing/bid rigging - admissions and agreed order between Viscas/ACCC accepted by Court.
Proceedings continued against other respondents

External link Application by Co-operative Bulk Handling Limited (No 3) [2013] ACompT 3
Appeal against revocation of exclusive dealing notification - public benefit v SLC

Norcast S.ár.L v Bradken Limited (No 2) [2013] FCA 235 (19 March 2013)
Cartels - bid rigging - first case to consider new cartel laws

External link Parmalat Australia Pty Ltd v VIP Plastic Packaging Pty Ltd [2013] FCA 119 (22 February 2013)
Exclusive dealing (application for interlocutory relief dismissed)

 

2012

 

2011

ACCC v April International Marketing Services Australia Pty Ltd (No 8) [2011] FCA 153
Foreign cartel with effect of price fixing in Australia contrary to s 45. Penalty principles.

ACCC v Metcash Trading Limited [2011] FCA 967 (25 August 2011); [2001] FCAFC 151 (30 November 2011)
Merger - held merger not likely to SLC. ACCC appeal failed.

ACCC v TF Woollam & Son Pty Ltd [2011] FCA 973 (24 August 2011)
Price fixing - cover pricing in building tenders

ACCC v Ticketek Pty Ltd [2011] FCA 1489 (22 December 2011)
Misuse of market power (consent orders - $2.5m penalty)

Pilbara Infrastructure Pty Ltd v Australian Competition Tribunal [2011] FCAFC 58 (4 May 2011)
Access (note High Court appeal 2012)

 

2010

ACCC v Black & White Cabs Pty Ltd [2010] FCA 1399
Exclusive dealing (third line forcing)

ACCC v Cabcharge [2010] FCA 1261
Contraventions admitted - misuse of market power (refusal to deal/predatory pricing)

ACCC v IGC Dorel Pty Ltd [2010] FCA 1303 (10 December 2010)
Resale price maintenance - agreed penalties

Fortescue Metals Group Limited; In the Matter of [2010] ACompT 2
Trinbunal access decision (appealed to Federal Court (2011 decision) and High Court (2012 decision))

 

2009

 

2008

External link ACCC v British Airways PLC (2008) ATPR 42-265; [2008] FCA 1977
Collusive conduct - SLC - Penalties - Admission of liability

External link ACCC v QANTAS Airways Ltd (2008) ATPR 42-266; [2008] FCA 1976
Collusive conduct - SLC - Penalties - Admission of liability

External link Application by Chime Communications Pty Ltd [2008] ACompT 4
Access

Auskay International Manufacturing & Trade Pty Ltd v Qantas Airways Ltd (2008) ATPR 42-256; [2008] FCA 1458
Alleged cartel - specificity of market (and associated proceedings)

 

2007

ACCC v Australian Abalone Pty Ltd [2007] FCA 1834
Admitted price fixing and boycott conduct - discussion of agreed penalties and mention of propsed criminal penalties

ACCC v Baxter Healthcare [2007] HCA 38 (29 August 2007); [2008] FCAFC 141
Misuse of market power, exclusive dealing, derivative crown immunity

External link ACCC v Jurlique International Pty Ltd [2007] FCA 79
Resale price maintenance

ACCC v Leahy Petroleum Pty Ltd [2007] FCA 794 (29 May 2007) (Geelong Petrol case)
Price fixing - meaning of 'contract, arrangement or understanding' (held no contravention)

ACCC v Visy Industries Holdings Pty Limited (No 3) [2007] FCA 1617 (2 November 2007)
Admission of cartel conduct - penalties of $36m + imposed

External link Nelson Enterprises Pty Ltd [ACCC Notification - 31 July 2007]
Collective bargaining notification (first application - involved Queensland citrus growers)

Re Medicines Australia Inc [2007] ACompT 4 (27 June 2007)
Authorisation

 

2006

ACCC v Liquorland (Australia) Pty Ltd [2006] FCA 826 (30 June 2006)
Exclusionary provisions, anti-competitive agreements

SST Consulting Services Pty Limited v Rieson [2006] HCA 31
Focus on issue of severance and s 4L of the Act; exclusive dealing (third line forcing)

 

2005

External link ACCC v Dermalogica Pty Ltd [2005] FCA 152; (2005) 215 ALR 482
Resale price maintenance

External link ACCC v Eurong Beach Resort Ltd [2005] FCA 1900
Misuse of Market Power, Exclusionary Provisions, Exclusive Dealing and Anti-competitve agreements (agreed penalties)

Apco Service Stations Pty Ltd v ACCC [2005] FCAFC 161 (Ballarat Petrol case)
Price fixing, meaning of understanding (appeal from ACCC v Leahy Petroleum Pty Ltd [2004] FCA 1678)

 

2004

External link ACCC v Midland Brick Co Pty Ltd [2004] FCA 693
Price fixing - joint submission on orders - principles governing joint submissions

External link Australian Association of Pathology Practices Incorporated [2004] ACompT 4; (2004) ATPR 41-985
Authorisation - exclusive dealing - third line forcing

NT Power Generation v Power and Water Authority [2004] HCA 48; 219 CLR 90
Misuse of market power; access to services (through s 46)

External link Qantas Airways Ltd [2004] A Comp T 9
Authorisation

External link Seven Network Ltd v ACCC [2004] FCAFC 267; (2004) 140 FCR 170
Section 155

 

2003

External link ACCC v Australian Medical Association Western Australian Branch Inc [2003] FCA 686; (2003) ATPR 41-945
Price fixing, market definition

ACCC v Australian Safeway Stores Pty Limited [2003] FCAFC 149 (30 June 2003)
Misuse of market power, exclusive dealing, price fixing

Australian Gas Light Company (ACN 052 167 405) v Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (No. 3) [2003] FCA 1525
Mergers - declaration that merger would not SLC - declaration sought after ACCC refused to provide informal clearance

Boral Besser Masonry Limited (now Boral Masonry Ltd) v ACCC [2003] HCA 5 (7 February 2003)
Misuse of market power; predatory pricing

News Ltd v South Sydney District Rugby League Football Club Ltd [2003] HCA 45
Deals with s 45's prohibition of exclusionary provisions in relation to South Sydney's exclusion from the national rugby competition in 2000.

Rural Press Limited v Australian Competition and Consumer Commission [2003] HCA 75 (11 December 2003)
Misuse of market power and exclusionary provisions

Visy Paper Pty Ltd v ACCC [2003] HCA 59
Sectison 45 and 47 - anti-overlap

Universal Music Australia Pty Ltd v ACCC [2003] FCAFC 193
Misuse of market power; exclusive dealing, purpose or effect of SLC

 

2002

 

2001

 

2000

 

1997

 

1996

 

1995

Re QIW Ltd (1995) 132 ALR 225
Merger, Market definition

 

1994

Davids Holdings v Attorney-General (1994) 49 FCR 211
Mergers, Market definition

External link KAM Nominees Pty Ltd v Australian Guarantee Corporation Ltd (1994) 123 ALR 711
Exclusive dealing

WSGAL Pty Limited v Trade Practices Commission, the Gillette Company, Wilkinson Sword Limited and Registrar of Trade Marks [1994] FCA 1079; (1994) 122 ALR 673
Mergers and divestiture power under s 81 - constitutional validity

Re 7-Eleven Stores (1994) ATPR 41-357
Market definition, public benefits/detriment

 

1993

 

1992

Broderbund Software Inc v Computermate Products (Australia) Pty Ltd (1992) ATPR 41-155
Market definition

Dowling v Dalgety Australia Ltd (1992) 34 FCR 109
Anti-competitive agreements; misuse of market power; market definition

External link TPC v Penfold Wines Pty Ltd (1992) ATPR 41–163
Resale price maintenance

 

1991

 

1990

Arnotts Limited v TPC (1990) ATPR para 41-061; (1990) 97 ALR 555; (1990) 24 FCR 313
Merger - market definition - dominance (different types of biscuits)
Appeal from TPC v Arnotts (1990) 93 ALR 657

ASX Operations Pty Ltd v Pont Data Australia Pty Ltd (No. 1) (1990) 27 FCR 460
Anti-competitive agreements, exclusionary provisions, misuse of market power

External linkThe Paul Dainty Corporation Pty Ltd v The National Tennis Centre Trust [1990] FCA 163; (1990) 22 FCR 495 (LawCite)
Exclusive dealing (sub-sections 47(1), (8), (9) and (13))

External link Pont Data Australia Pty Limited v ASX Operations Pty Limited (1990) FCA 30
Misuse of market power, anti-competitive agreements, exclusive dealing, price discrimination

External link TPC v Sony (Australia) Pty Ltd (1990) ATPR 41–031
Resale price maintenance

 

1989

Queensland Wire Industries v BHP (1989) 167 CLR 177 (High Court)
Misuse of market power - leveraging market power (section 46)

 

1988

 

1987

 

1986

 

1985

External link TPC v Parkfield Operations Pty Ltd (1985) 5 FCR 140
Contract, arrangement or understanding - mutuality

External link TPC v TNT Management Pty Ltd (1985) 6 FCR 1
Agreement or understanding - exclusionary provision - SLC - economic evidence

 

1984

 

1983

 

1982

 

1981

 

1980

External link Morphett Arms Hotel Pty Ltd v Trade Practices Commission (1980) 30 ALR 88
This is the appeal from TPC v Nicholas Enterprises

External link Ron Hodgson (Holding) Pty Ltd v Westco Motors (Distributors) Pty Ltd (1980) 29 ALR 307; [1980] FCA 3
Resale price maintenance (withholding supply)

External linkSWB Family Credit Union Ltd v Parramatta Tourist Services Pty Ltd [1980] FCA 125; (1980) 48 FLR 445
Exclusive dealing (third line forcing)

TPC v Email Ltd (1980) ATPR 40–172
Anti-competitive agreements; exchange of price lists, circumstantial evidence

 

1979

 

1978

 

1976

 

1975

Top Performance Motors Pty Ltd v Ira Berk (Qld) Pty Ltd (1975) 5 ALR 465
Market definition

 

Pre - Trade Practices Act 1974 / Competition and Consumer Act 2010

1972

Re Books [1972] 20 FLR 256
Resale Price Maintenance - Trade Practices Tribunal - Application for exemption from Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1971

External linkMikasa (NSW) Pty Ltd v Festival Stores [1972] HCA 69; (1972) 127 CLR 617
Resale price maintenance - recommended prices

 

1971

 

1963

 

1950

 

1913

Attorney-General v The Adelaide Steamship Co Ltd (1913) 18 CLR 30
Australian Industries Preservation Act 1906 - Price fixing and market allocation - injury to the public

 

1911

R v Associated Northern Collieries (1911) 14 CLR 387
On the issue of establishing collusion

 

1894