19 December 1997The Commerce Commission is taking court action against the Ophthalmological Society of New Zealand and five individual ophthalmologists over their alleged anti-competitive collusion which led to the cancellation of cataract operations to be performed in Invercargill by Australian ophthalmologists.
16 December 1997The Commerce Commission has started court action against Fletcher Challenge Limited (FCL), and Fletcher Challenge Energy (FCE), alleging that the companies' acquisitions of shares in the Kupe gas field and other arrangements involving the field breached the Commerce Act.
16 December 1997Following a Court of Appeal decision today, Auckland Toyota dealer, Giltrap City Toyota, will face a trial to hear allegations that it was involved in price fixing.
12 December 1997In a move affecting all members of the New Zealand Taxi Federation (NZTF), the Commerce Commission has investigated price fixing involving two taxi companies.
8 December 1997The Commerce Commission is investigating mergers of tertiary education institutions, and is advising them that they must be aware that they are covered by the Commerce Act.
28 November 1997In the Auckland High Court today DB Breweries Limited admitted breaching the Commerce Act by trying to prevent a tavern discounting promotional packs of beer, and the Court imposed a penalty of $110,000 plus $5,000 costs.
1 October 1997As part of a settlement with the Commerce Commission, the Western Bay of Plenty District Council will change water services contracts to ensure that they are not anti-competitive.
24 September 1997Commission Chairman, Dr Bollard, stated that the Commission welcomes the news that NGC and gas utilities have renegotiated their 1980 supply contracts, or are on the verge of doing so.
22 September 1997The Commerce Commission has warned several Lower Hutt doctors that, in the Commission's opinion, their attempted collective agreement to pay midwives specified rates is a form of price fixing and risks breaching the Commerce Act.
19 September 1997The Commerce Commission is investigating a business acquisition that will effectively result in there being only one sugar refiner and distributor in New Zealand.
17 September 1997Changes to pricing systems for air traffic control services have now opened up markets to potential competitors.
15 September 1997The Commerce Commission today strongly advised any companies considering alliances between telecommunications and utilities to get legal advice and, where appropriate, clearance or authorisation from the Commission.
9 September 1997The Commerce Commission and Toyota New Zealand Limited today reached a settlement of court proceedings issued by the Commission against Toyota in April 1995. Toyota has agreed to pay a penalty of $250,000 plus $10,000 costs.
9 September 1997As part of a settlement with the Commerce Commission, the Minister of Transport, Jenny Shipley, and MetService yesterday changed their meteorological services contract to ensure that it did not breach the Commerce Act.
4 September 1997The Commerce Commission has started court action against Caltex (NZ) Ltd, Mobil Oil New Zealand Ltd, and Shell New Zealand Ltd, alleging that they breached the Commerce Act by agreeing to remove a discount off the price of fuel at more than 50 stations in Auckland.
15 August 1997The Commerce Commission has decided to take no further action after investigating a complaint from Kiwi Airlines Director Ewan Wilson that Air New Zealand's actions against Kiwi Airlines breached the Commerce Act.
22 July 1997The Commerce Commission has advised Tauranga midwives that, in the Commission's opinion, their attempted collective agreement to pay general practitioners specified rates is a form of price fixing and risks breaching the Commerce Act.
7 April 1997A Commerce Commission investigation has stopped a price fixing arrangement among six Picton rental car companies.
25 March 1997The Commerce Commission has received Airways Corporation of New Zealand's new timetable for introducing competition for air traffic control services by August 15.
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13 March 1997The Commerce Commission said today that it is investigating Fletcher Challenge Energy increasing its shareholding in the Kupe natural gas field, and Electricity Corporation of New Zealand (ECNZ) also acquiring shares in Kupe from Fletcher Challenge Energy.
5 March 1997The Commerce Commission today confirmed that it has commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the cancellation of arrangements between the Southern Health CHE and two Australian ophthalmologists to undertake cataract surgery in Invercargill on a short-term basis.
24 February 1997In the half year to the end of December, the Commerce Commission took enforcement action under the Commerce Act against 34 organisations.
21 February 1997The Commerce Commission has warned tour operators that trying to enforce recommended commission rates would, in the Commission's view, breach the Commerce Act.
21 February 1997Airways Corporation of New Zealand Limited has withdrawn its application for authorisation of arrangements which would delay the introduction of competition for air traffic control services.
19 February 1997The Commerce Commission has received 13 submissions after it released a draft determination stating that, on the information currently available to it, it would not authorise arrangements which would allow Airways Corporation of New Zealand Limited to delay the introduction of competition for air traffic control services.
18 February 1997The Commerce Commission sent a clear warning to the natural gas industry today, that if the 1980 wholesale contracts are not successfully renegotiated within a reasonable time, then the Commission will have to consider court action against gas companies.
5 February 1997The Commerce Commission has found no evidence that Ansett New Zealand and Air New Zealand colluded over recent domestic fare increases.
4 February 1997The Commerce Commission today released a draft determination stating that, on the information currently available to it, it would not authorise arrangements which would allow Airways Corporation of New Zealand Limited to delay the introduction of competition for air traffic control services.
3 February 1997The Central Regional Health Authority, on behalf of all four Regional Health Authorities (RHAs), has sought authorisation from the Commerce Commission for a tender process to decide which organisations would provide liver transplant services.
28 January 1997Port Nelson Limited (PNL) has paid costs of $325,000 to the Commerce Commission after the Commission's High Court action against the company.