The Federal Court of Australia rules against
submissions on agreed penalties (Fair Work
Building Industry Inspectorate / Construction,
Forestry, Mining and Energy Union)
e-Competitions Bulletin March 2015, Art. N° 73596
On 1 May 2015 the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia ruled that it was not permissible for parties to make joint submissions as to the appropriate ‘pecuniary penalty’ to be imposed: Director, Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate v Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union  FCAFC 59 (1 May 2015) (CFMEU). This decision has significant implications for the existing common practice of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and respondents to make agreed joint submissions as to appropriate pecuniary penalties in competition law cases.