Australia Steps Up Competition Enforcement

Law360, New York (October 31, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- Australia’s competition authority has been increasingly turning to litigation to stop anti-competitive behavior, leading a leveling-off of the decline in the country’s enforcement numbers.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has seen a steady decline in the number of enforcement cases filed against companies, with 31 cases filed in 2005 and just 14 filed between January and July 2006, according to reports by the Australian Financial Review.

Those numbers are lower than in previous years, with 39 cases filed in 2002 and 22 in 2003....
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