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JV defense set to proceed in Australia's landmark Country Care criminal-cartel prosecution

By James Panichi
  • 14 Apr 2020 22:41
  • 14 Apr 2020 22:41
A push by disability-aid retailer Country Care to invoke a joint-venture defense has dominated a hearing in the first criminal-cartel case against an Australian company in 100 years, with a judge ruling that prosecutors should offer a written explanation of their recent decision to allow the defense to be heard.

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James Panichi

Senior Editor, Asia Pacific


James, an Australian journalist with over 25 years’ experience in print and electronic media, helps to oversee MLex’s coverage of regulatory risk in Asia, with special attention to Australia and New Zealand. In 2016, James was appointed as MLex’s managing editor for continental Europe, overseeing the Brussels bureau’s coverage of EU regulatory affairs and managing a team of 16 journalists in Brussels and Geneva. Previously James worked for the European Voice newspaper, before joining the European operation of US political website Politico as an investigative reporter specializing in governance, transparency and lobbying.

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