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Cartel conduct draws wave of civil, criminal court proceedings in Australia
01 September 2019 00:00
A recent increase in Australian court action over cartel conduct, both in criminal and civil cases has seen the country’s competition regulator add two more cases to its hit list in the last fortnight: one against Norwegian shipping line, Wallenius Wilhelmsen ocean and a second against Australian company BlueScope steel. The first is a criminal case; the second a civil matter. Laurel Henning and James Panichi discuss the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s unpredictable cartel probes.
When word got out last week that Norwegian shipping line Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean had been added to a growing list of companies on the receiving end of criminal-cartel prosecutions in Australia, there was some surprise among the country’s competition-law practitioners.
Australian antitrust probes could makes use of obstruction charges, former US justice department official saysAustralia’s competition regulator could use criminal obstruction charges leveled at former BlueScope Steel manager Jason Ellis as an example for future cartel probes, an ex-US Department of Justice official has said.