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Business Competition media releases

November 1998

Commission draft determination does not oppose rules for security of national grid

13 November 1998

The Commerce Commission's preliminary view is that it would authorise the proposed agreement and arrangements among users of the national electricity grid relating to the security of the grid.

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October 1998

Commission wins in Privy Council: Giltrap City Toyota to pay costs and face trial for price fixing

30 October 1998

Following a Privy Council decision in London this morning (New Zealand time), Auckland Toyota dealer, Giltrap City Toyota, will pay costs to the Commerce Commission and face trial to hear allegations that it was involved in price fixing.

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September 1998

Commission starts court action over lease for ferry ramps

23 September 1998

The Commerce Commission has started court action against vehicle ferry operator, Fullers Cruises Northland Limited, and Far North District Council business, Far North Maritime Limited, alleging that their lease for ramps for vehicle ferries is anti-competitive and breaches the Commerce Act.

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Commission warning to local authorities and other owners of event venues: don't discuss prices

4 September 1998

The Commerce Commission is warning local authorities and other owners of event venues - these are facilities like convention centres, stadiums and sports fields - that they must not discuss their prices with each other.

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Commission wins in Court of Appeal: price fixing case against oil companies to continue

3 September 1998

A success in the Court of Appeal today allows the Commerce Commission's case alleging price fixing by oil companies Shell, Mobil and Caltex to continue in the High Court and awards $6,000 costs to the Commission.

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August 1998

Warning to all businesses: colluding over prices is a serious economic crime

23 August 1998

The Commerce Commission is concerned that many businesses do not realise that collusion, or attempted collusion, over pricing is a major breach of the Commerce Act and is a serious economic crime.

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Attempting to rig bids for tenders cost Christchurch Transport Limited and its CEO $400,000

21 August 1998

In a strong warning to any organisations or individuals attempting to rig bids for tenders, Commerce Commission proceedings have cost Christchurch Transport Limited (CTL) and its Chief Executive $400,000.

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Meat case: $5.5 million penalties # JUDGEMENT #

20 August 1998

IN THE HIGH COURT OF NEW ZEALAND AUCKLAND REGISTRY COMMERCIAL LIST CL 38/96

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Commission refutes that farmers will pay $5.5 million penalties

20 August 1998

Any suggestion that farmers will pay the $5.5 million penalties imposed on nine North Island meat companies yesterday is strongly refuted by the Commerce Commission.

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More than $5.5 million penalties in meat case a strong warning to all industries

19 August 1998

The more than $5.5 million total penalties imposed by the Auckland High Court on nine meat companies today is a strong warning to all industries - Commerce Act penalties are increasing rapidly and breaches can be expensive.

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Suppliers cannot control independent retailers' prices

14 August 1998

The Commerce Commission is warning all industries that manufacturers, wholesalers and other suppliers should not attempt to control independent retailers' prices.

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Commerce Commission finalises approach for its price control study of airfield activities

6 August 1998

The Commerce Commission has finalised the approach it intends using to conduct a study into whether price control should be introduced on the prices for airfield activities at Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch airports.

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July 1998

Commission starts court action against animal health companies and executives

30 July 1998

The Commerce Commission has started court action against alleged price fixing in nation-wide animal health remedies markets.

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June 1998

Contractor attempted to rig bids for Transit and Council roadmarking contracts

25 June 1998

A failed attempt to rig bids for Transit New Zealand and Gisborne District Council roadmarking contracts cost Roadmarkers Waikato (1981) Limited $20,000 in the Auckland High Court today.

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Commission warns ARC and Tranz Rail – draft arrangement risks breaching Commerce Act

8 June 1998

The Commerce Commission has warned the Auckland Regional Council (ARC) and Tranz Rail Limited that certain provisions of a draft framework agreement for a rail transit initiative in Auckland are potentially anti-competitive and could be challenged under the Commerce Act.

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May 1998

North Shore City Council to change potentially anti-competitive water contracts

29 May 1998

In a settlement with the Commerce Commission, the North Shore City Council has agreed to change its water connections practice to ensure it is not anti-competitive.

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Commission starts court action against Christchurch Transport Limited

25 May 1998

The Commerce Commission is taking court action against Christchurch Transport Limited (CTL) and one of its executives for alleged anti-competitive behaviour in the Christchurch bus market.

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April 1998

Commission settlement ends shipping pricing arrangement

24 April 1998

A Commerce Commission settlement has ended a potentially illegal pricing arrangement used by the Trans-Tasman Shipping Alliance.

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Commission gives local authorities do's and don'ts for water and waste contracts

23 April 1998

The Commerce Commission has today advised local authorities when their water and waste contracts risk being anti-competitive and breaching the Commerce Act, and what they can do to avoid this risk.

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Southpower settles, restructures and pays $450,000 costs to Commerce Commission

8 April 1998

The Commerce Commission and Southpower Limited have settled their court action today, with Southpower no longer contesting the Commission's allegations that it breached the Commerce Act, agreeing to restructure its businesses, and paying $450,000 costs to the Commission.

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March 1998

Commission warns Auckland St John about 111 calls for helicopter air ambulance

30 March 1998

The Commerce Commission has warned the Auckland branch of the Order of St John that it risked breaching the Commerce Act by using its control of 111 ambulance calls anti-competitively to disadvantage the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust.

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High Court decision: petrol price fixing case to continue

17 March 1998

An Auckland High Court decision released yesterday evening means that the Commerce Commission's court action against three oil companies, Caltex (NZ) Ltd, Mobil Oil New Zealand Ltd and Shell New Zealand Ltd, will continue.

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Fourth council changes potentially anti-competitive water contracts

4 March 1998

A fourth local authority, Palmerston North City Council, has changed its water network connection arrangements as the result of a Commerce Commission project to ensure that all local authorities are aware of and comply with the Commerce Act.

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February 1998

Commission guidelines for health sector

10 February 1998

As part of its focus on the health sector, the Commerce Commission has distributed guidelines to all major health organisations to help them comply with the Commerce Act.

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Commission warning: kickback guidelines breach Commerce Act

5 February 1998

The Commerce Commission has warned four tourist organisations that their proposed guidelines to standardise "kickbacks"are, in the Commission's view, price fixing and risk breaching the Commerce Act.

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Court of Appeal decision ends procedural wrangle

4 February 1998

A Court of Appeal decision today allows the Commerce Commission's court action against the Christchurch-based power company Southpower to continue on schedule.

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Warning to all trade associations – don't discuss pricing issues

4 February 1998

The Commerce Commission is warning all trade associations that they should not discuss pricing issues.

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