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Business Competition media releases

November 1999

Trying to stop discounting costs Acer Computer $83,000

12 November 1999

In the Auckland High Court today Acer Computer New Zealand Limited admitted that it breached the Commerce Act by trying to stop two wholesalers discounting Acer scanners.

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October 1999

Commission action against Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust and Order of St John

19 October 1999

Commerce Commission action has stopped potential breaches of the Commerce Act by the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust (ARHT) and the Order of Saint John Auckland Region (OSJ).

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Court finds that Caltex, Mobil and Shell were price fixing

6 October 1999

The Auckland High Court today found that the Commerce Commission has proved its case that Caltex (NZ) Limited, Mobil Oil New Zealand Limited and Shell New Zealand Limited had acted anti-competitively and breached the Commerce Act by price fixing.

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September 1999

Commission action will increase competition in dairy breeding markets, Dairy Board subsidiary gives undertakings

9 September 1999

A Commerce Commission investigation of Dairy Board subsidiary, Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC), will increase competition in dairy breeding markets.

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August 1999

Oil companies price fixing trial starts tomorrow (Monday 30 August)

29 August 1999

The Commerce Commission's case alleging price fixing by oil companies Caltex (NZ) Limited, Mobil Oil New Zealand Limited and Shell New Zealand Limited goes to trial in the Auckland High Court tomorrow (Monday August 30).

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Commission authorises grid security rules

13 August 1999

The Commerce Commission today authorised proposed arrangements that will provide a process for determining common elements of quality for electricity transmission.

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Commission to monitor pipfruit industry to ensure competition can develop

2 August 1999

The Commerce Commission will continue to monitor the pipfruit industry to ensure that competition can develop effectively should the Government go ahead with its proposed deregulation of the industry.

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July 1999

Commission holds conference on arrangements for national electricity grid security policy, July 28

23 July 1999

The Commerce Commission conference to gather information about the proposed arrangements for determining security policy for the national electricity grid will be held in Wellington on Wednesday, July 28.

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Commission identifies critical issues for price control study of airports

2 July 1999

The Commerce Commission has identified what it considers to be the critical issues for its price control study of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch International Airports.

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June 1999

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

30 June 1999

The Commerce Commission's preliminary view is that the proposed arrangement for determining the quality levels for electricity traded across the national grid does not lessen competition and the Commission would authorise it.

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Commission action protects cheaper wholesale car parts

23 June 1999

Commerce Commission action against the New Zealand Collision Repair Association has ensured that savings on car parts will be passed on to an insurance company paying for repairs and, ultimately, to the company's customers.

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Commission's timetable for Transpower authorisation

11 June 1999

The Commerce Commission has released an indicative timetable for Transpower New Zealand Limited's new application for authorisation of the agreement relating to the security of the national electricity grid.

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April 1999

Elanco and Chemstock pay $700,000 penalties for price fixing

30 April 1999

The Auckland High Court today imposed the second highest Commerce Act penalties to date, a total of $700,000, after two animal health remedies companies admitted they had breached the Commerce Act by fixing prices for some of their products in 1996.

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February 1999

Domestic same day airfreight market open to more competition

10 February 1999

A settlement between the Commerce Commission, Ansett Express couriers and the airline Ansett New Zealand is intended to reduce the barriers to entry into the domestic same day airfreight market.

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Contact decisions expected on Friday

9 February 1999

The Commerce Commission expects to make three decisions in relation to the proposed sale of Contact Energy Limited on Friday afternoon this week.

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