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Business Competition media releases

October 2000

Commission holds RAL/Turoa conference, October 18-19

16 October 2000

The Commerce Commission conference to gather further information about Ruapehu Alpine Lifts Limited's (RAL) application for authorisation to acquire Turoa Ski Resort Limited (in receivership) will be held in Wellington on October 18-19.

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August 2000

Commission's preliminary view: on current information, it would not authorise RAL to acquire Turoa

28 August 2000

The Commerce Commission today gave its preliminary view that, based on information currently available, it would not authorise Ruapheu Alpine Lifts Limited (RAL) to acquire Turoa Ski Resort Limited (in receivership).

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July 2000

High Court orders Carter Holt Harvey to pay $525,000 for anti-competitive action against New Wool Products

31 July 2000

High Court orders Carter Holt Harvey to pay $525,000 for anti-competitive action against New Wool Products

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Settlement ends Commission's honey price fixing investigation

5 July 2000

Settlement ends Commission's honey price fixing investigation

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May 2000

High Court finds Carter Holt breached Commerce Act by below cost pricing against New Wool Products Ltd insulation

14 May 2000

The High Court at Auckland has found that the manufacturer of "Pink Batts" fibreglass insulation, Carter Holt Harvey Building Products Group Limited (Carter Holt), contravened the Commerce Act when it used its market dominance for the purpose of preventing or deterring Nelson-based company, New Wool Products Limited from competing with it.

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Commission warning to Auckland lawyer is a message to all lawyers: know the law before giving advice

7 May 2000

A Commerce Commission warning to an Auckland lawyer should be seen as a message to all lawyers: know the law before giving advice to clients.

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April 2000

Cordless telephone distributors were price fixing: all distribution agreements must comply with Commerce Act

23 April 2000

Acknowledgment by cordless phone distributor, Vtech Distributors Limited, and another distributor that they were price fixing is a warning to all business sectors: competitors must not use distribution agreements to set prices.

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March 2000

More work needed to give domestic gas consumers choice

22 March 2000

Commerce Commission Chair John Belgrave said today that, since deregulation, competition has developed in the gas wholesale market and in retailing of gas to industrial and commercial users, but is developing more slowly in retailing to residential users.

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February 2000

Caltex, Mobil and Shell were price fixing: High Court imposes $1.175 million penalties

15 February 2000

The Auckland High Court today ordered Caltex New Zealand Limited, Mobil Oil New Zealand Limited and Shell New Zealand Limited to pay penalties totalling $1.175 million for breaching the Commerce Act by price fixing.

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January 2000

Commission supports liquor accord, gives warning to help those involved comply with the Commerce Act

18 January 2000

The Auckland City Downtown Liquor Accord has been amended after a Commerce Commission warning that the original proposal could have put the hotels, cafes, and restaurants that had joined the Accord, at risk of breaching the Commerce Act.

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