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December 2012

Singapore Airlines Cargo becomes seventh airline to settle air cargo cartel case

21 December 2012

The High Court has ordered Singapore Airlines Cargo PTE (SIA Cargo) to pay a $4.1 million penalty for price fixing in breach of the Commerce Act. The company is the seventh airline to settle with the Commerce Commission in the long-running air cargo cartel case.

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Penguin and Random House seek clearance to form a joint venture

20 December 2012

Bertelsmann SE & Co. (owner of Random House) and Pearson plc (owner of Penguin) seek clearance to form a new jointly-owned company to be called Penguin Random House, which will acquire the retail book publishing businesses of Random House and Penguin.

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Hamilton Radiology seeks clearance to acquire Medimaging

3 December 2012

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Hamilton Radiology Limited.

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November 2012

Commission launches new guidelines about enforcement responses

23 November 2012

The Commerce Commission has today launched new guidelines to help New Zealanders understand more about how the Commission’s Competition Branch enforces its consumer and competition legislation.

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October 2012

Commerce Commission clears Vodafone’s purchase of TelstraClear

30 October 2012

The Commerce Commission has cleared Vodafone New Zealand’s proposed purchase of TelstraClear Limited.

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Statement of preliminary issues available for Hirepool/Hirequip clearance application

29 October 2012

The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to an application from Bligh Finance Limited (owner of the Hirepool rental business) seeking clearance to acquire the business of Hire Equipment Group Limited.

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Vector seeks clearance to acquire Contact Energy’s gas metering business

25 October 2012

The Commission has received an application from Vector Limited seeking clearance to acquire some or all of the shares or assets of Contact Energy Limited’s natural gas metering business.

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Commerce Commission to educate businesses about potential competition issues in Christchurch rebuild

19 October 2012

The Commerce Commission plans to meet with key people involved in the Christchurch rebuild to ensure competition law is not bent or broken during the rebuilding of the city.

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Retailers asked for feedback on credit card rule changes

18 October 2012

The Commerce Commission is undertaking some analysis of the impacts of an innovative settlement the Commission reached in 2009 with banks and credit card companies.

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Competition agencies welcome International Cooperation Act

17 October 2012

The New Zealand Commerce Commission (NZCC) and Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) are today welcoming the passing of legislation arising out of the Commerce Commission (International Co-operation, and Fees) Act.

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Hirepool seeks clearance to acquire Hirequip

16 October 2012

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Bligh Finance Limited, owner of the Hirepool rental business, seeking clearance to acquire the business of Hire Equipment Group Limited (Hirequip).

 

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Commerce Commission clears CSR and Brickworks to merge their brick businesses in New Zealand

11 October 2012

The Commerce Commission has cleared CSR Building Products (NZ) Limited and Brickworks Building Products (NZ) Limited to establish a joint venture to supply clay bricks in New Zealand.

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September 2012

Statement of preliminary issues available for CSR/Brickworks clearance application

7 September 2012

The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to an application from CSR Building Products (NZ) Limited and Brickworks Building Products (NZ) Pty Limited seeking clearance to merge their brick businesses in New Zealand.

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Commerce Commission clears Fonterra to acquire the dairy processing assets of New Zealand Dairies Limited (in receivership)

7 September 2012

The Commerce Commission has cleared Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited to acquire the dairy processing assets of New Zealand Dairies Limited (in receivership). New Zealand Dairies processes raw milk at its Studholme factory near Waimate.

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CSR Building Products and Brickworks Building Products seek clearance to merge their brick businesses

4 September 2012

The Commerce Commission has received an application from CSR Building Products (NZ) Limited and Brickworks Building Products (NZ) Limited seeking clearance to merge their brick businesses in New Zealand.

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August 2012

Court of Appeal clears the way for trans-Tasman cartel case

31 August 2012

The Court of Appeal has issued a ruling widening the Commerce Commission's claims against Australian packaging company Visy Board Pty Ltd, for its part in an alleged cardboard packaging price-fixing cartel.

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Record $12 million penalty against Telecom stands in 'data tails' case

3 August 2012

The Court of Appeal has upheld a record $12 million penalty imposed against Telecom in April 2011 for breaching the Commerce Act, following an unsuccessful appeal by Telecom.

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July 2012

Statement of preliminary issues available for Vodafone/TelstraClear clearance application

27 July 2012

The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to an application from Vodafone New Zealand Limited seeking clearance to acquire 100% of the equity in TelstraClear New Zealand Limited.

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Two more airlines settle with Commerce Commission in air cargo case - penalties top $21 million

27 July 2012

The High Court has ordered Korean Air Lines Co. Limited (Korean Air) and Emirates to pay penalties of $3.5 million and $1.5 million respectively for breaches of the Commerce Act.

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Vodafone New Zealand seeks clearance to acquire TelstraClear

13 July 2012

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Vodafone New Zealand Limited seeking clearance to acquire TelstraClear Limited.

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Statement of preliminary issues available for Fonterra/New Zealand Dairies clearance application

12 July 2012

The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to an application from Fonterra seeking clearance to acquire the dairy processing assets of New Zealand Dairies Limited.

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Fonterra applies to acquire New Zealand Dairies

6 July 2012

The Commission has received an application from Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited (Fonterra) seeking clearance to acquire the dairy processing assets of New Zealand Dairies Limited (NZDL).

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Commerce Commission welcomes Court of Appeal judgment in data tails case

2 July 2012

The Court of Appeal has upheld an earlier High Court decision against Telecom for breaching section 36 of the Commerce Act, in a judgment released today in the 'data tails' case.

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June 2012

Japan Airlines admits role in air cargo cartel - ordered to pay $2.275 million

29 June 2012

The High Court has ordered Japan Airlines Co Limited (JAL) to pay a $2.275 million penalty for breaches of the Commerce Act.

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Online bullion trader warned over alleged attempt to fix prices

27 June 2012

An online bullion dealer has received a warning from the Commerce Commission for an alleged attempt to fix the price of bullion sold on Trade Me last year.

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Universal Music granted clearance to acquire recorded music businesses of EMI Music

22 June 2012

The Commerce Commission has cleared Universal Music Holdings Limited, to acquire the recorded music businesses of EMI Group Global Limited, to the extent that the acquisition affects markets in New Zealand.

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Commerce Commission declines clearance application for epay to acquire Ezi-Pay

15 June 2012

The Commerce Commission has declined an application from epay for clearance to acquire Ezi-Pay.

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Important win on jurisdiction issue for Commerce Commission in freight forwarding case

1 June 2012

The Court of Appeal has confirmed the New Zealand High Court's jurisdiction in the Commerce Commission's ongoing freight forwarding cartel case against Kuehne+Nagel International AG (Kuehne+Nagel).

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May 2012

Commission finds Igloo joint venture unlikely to lessen competition in pay TV market

16 May 2012

The Commerce Commission has completed its investigation into the joint venture between Television New Zealand Limited (TVNZ) and Sky Network Television Limited (Sky) finding the pay TV market will not be less competitive as a result of the venture.

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Pact Group granted clearance to acquire Viscount Plastic NZ subject to a divestment undertaking

10 May 2012

The Commerce Commission has cleared Pact Group Pty Limited to acquire the plastic pails business of Viscount Plastic (NZ) Limited.

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March 2012

Statement of preliminary issues available for Universal/EMI clearance application

30 March 2012

The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to an application received from Universal Music New Zealand Limited (Universal) seeking clearance to acquire up to 100% of the shares in the recorded music business of EMI Music New Zealand Limited (EMI).

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Visy granted clearance to acquire HP Industries

30 March 2012

The Commerce Commission has cleared VRPS Limited, a subsidiary of Visy Industries Australia Pty Limited (Visy), to acquire certain businesses and assets of HP Industries Holding Limited and HP Industries (New Zealand) Limited. The businesses and assets relate to PET bottles, plastic containers, and plastic closures.

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Southern Community Laboratories cleared to acquire Medlab South

23 March 2012

The Commerce Commission has granted clearance for Southern Community Laboratories Limited (SCL) to acquire 100% of the shares in Medlab South Limited from Sonic Healthcare (New Zealand) Limited.

 

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Universal Music applies for clearance to acquire the recorded music business of EMI Music

19 March 2012

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Universal Music New Zealand Limited seeking clearance to acquire certain shares or assets in the recorded music business of EMI Music New Zealand Limited. The application relates to a global merger.

 

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Fonterra's proposed Kotahi joint venture unlikely to lessen competition - final decision by Commerce Commission

15 March 2012

The Commerce Commission has declined to authorise a proposed Kotahi Logistics LP joint venture between Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited and Silver Fern Farms Limited, as it would be unlikely to harm competition, and therefore does not need an authorisation under the Commerce Act.

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Statement of Preliminary Issues available for Southern Community Laboratories/ Medlab South clearance application

12 March 2012

The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to an application from Southern Community Laboratories Limited seeking clearance to acquire 100% of the shares in Medlab South Limited (Medlab South).

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Southern Community Laboratories applies for clearance to acquire Medlab South

2 March 2012

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Southern Community Laboratories Ltd (SCL) seeking clearance to acquire 100% of the shares in Medlab South Limited.

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IAG granted clearance to acquire part of AMI

1 March 2012

 The Commerce Commission has granted a clearance application for IAG (NZ) Holdings Limited to acquire certain business assets of AMI Insurance Limited.

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February 2012

Statement of preliminary issues available for Visy/HP clearance application

21 February 2012

The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to an application from VPRS Limited and Visy Industries Australia Pty Limited seeking clearance to acquire certain businesses and assets of HP Industries Holding Limited and HP Industries (New Zealand) Limited.

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Visy seeks clearance to acquire HP Industries

3 February 2012

The Commerce Commission has received an application from VPRS Limited and Visy Industries Australia Pty Limited (together Visy) seeking clearance to acquire certain businesses and assets of HP Industries Holding Limited and HP Industries (New Zealand) Limited (together HP).

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Statement of preliminary issues available for epay/Ezi-Pay clearance application

1 February 2012

The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to an application from epay New Zealand Ltd seeking clearance to acquire Ezi-Pay Ltd.

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January 2012

Statement of preliminary issues available for IAG/AMI clearance application

25 January 2012

The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to an application from IAG seeking clearance to acquire AMI Insurance. Both IAG and AMI supply general insurance including house, contents, and motor vehicles.

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epay New Zealand Ltd seeks clearance to acquire Ezi-Pay Ltd

18 January 2012

The Commerce Commission has received an application from epay New Zealand Ltd seeking clearance to acquire Ezi-Pay Ltd.   The acquisition would also include certain assets of Compass Communications and the assets or shares of EFTDATA Holdings Ltd.   The latter two companies have the same shareholders as Ezi-Pay Ltd.

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