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September 2010

Fines for another company peddling royal jelly using false claims

29 September 2010

A company that admitted labelling imported royal jelly as New Zealand made, and as being of high potency when it was neither, has been fined $16,000 in the Auckland District Court.

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Sanford Limited applies for clearance to acquire the Pacific Seafoods Group

29 September 2010

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Sanford Limited seeking clearance to acquire the Pacifica Seafoods Group of companies.

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Process for determining mobile termination rates announced

28 September 2010

The Commerce Commission has commenced the process for determining the wholesale price for terminating mobile calls and text messages.

 

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Tyre traders admit price fixing on Trade Me

27 September 2010

The Commerce Commission has reached administrative settlements with two Trade Me sellers who admitted that they had been fixing prices for tyres, which is illegal under the Commerce Act.

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Backhaul services draft reports released by Commerce Commission

23 September 2010

The Commerce Commission today released a revised draft report on the unbundled copper local loop (UCLL) backhaul service and a draft report on the unbundled bitstream access (UBA) backhaul service. The Commission has been undertaking a review into whether Telecom New Zealand Limited faces competition for providing these backhaul services.

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Scandinavian Tobacco granted clearance to merge its cigar and pipe tobacco businesses with Swedish Match

22 September 2010

The Commerce Commission has granted clearance for Scandinavian Tobacco Group A/S to merge  its New Zealand cigar, pipe tobacco and accessories businesses with that of Swedish Match AB. The clearance is given subject to the merged entity divesting the Willem cigar brand.

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Commerce Act guidelines for trade associations released

14 September 2010

The Commerce Commission has today released guidelines to help trade associations understand their obligations under the Commerce Act. The guidelines are part of new series of guidelines and fact sheets focusing on the Commerce Act.

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Commerce Commission reports to Minister on compliance with Telecommunications Service Obligations

10 September 2010

The Commerce Commission has advised the Minister for Communications and Information Technology that Telecom Corporation of New Zealand Limited and Sprint International New Zealand Limited have complied with all their Telecommunications Service Obligations (TSO) quality measures for the period 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010.

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Wellington airport taxi arrangements unlikely to breach Commerce Act

10 September 2010

The Commerce Commission has advised complainants regarding new arrangements for taxis and shuttles at Wellington International Airport Limited that these arrangements are unlikely to breach the Commerce Act.

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Guidelines on recognising and deterring bid rigging released by Commerce Commission

3 September 2010

The Commerce Commission has today released three related resources to assist purchasers in both the public and private sectors in recognising and deterring bid rigging.

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Commerce Commission files freight forwarding cartel proceedings and settles with two defendants

2 September 2010

The Commerce Commission has filed proceedings in the High Court in Auckland against a number of companies accused of anti-competitive conduct in the freight forwarding market.

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Balmoral Homes directors fined and ordered to pay reparation for Fair Trading Act breaches

1 September 2010

Two directors of a Christchurch-based building company that has gone into liquidation pleaded guilty to multiple charges of breaching the Fair Trading Act in the Christchurch District Court today. They have been fined $15,000 each and have been ordered to pay a total of $97,000 in reparation and a further $30,000 for emotional harm reparation in total for six complainants.

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Rental car companies and directors fined for misleading consumers

1 September 2010

Two Christchurch-based rental car companies, Affinity Car Rental New Zealand Limited and Euro Car Rental New Zealand Limited, and their directors, Kylee and Gary Harris, have pleaded guilty to 18 charges of breaching the Fair Trading Act. The Christchurch District court today imposed fines and costs totalling $37,960 as well as ordering a total of $5,750 to be paid in reparation to affected consumers.

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