Regulatory Investigations and Litigation

MinterEllison’s competition team has worked extensively in defending corporate clients in complex civil and criminal investigations and court proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Our investigations work has included handling ‘dawn raids’ and mandatory requests for documents and information and to give evidence (section 155 notices) for a large range of corporate clients in the banking, media, retail and industrial sectors.

Our court defence work has included defending cases brought by the ACCC and corporate litigants alleging cartels, resale price maintenance, other anti-competitive conduct and consumer complaints.

Re-regulation of the Queensland Sugar industry

Advised Wilmar Sugar in relation to whether the re-regulation of the Queensland Sugar industry breaches commitments under SAFTA.

Unique International College alleged unconscionable conduct

MinterEllison is acting for Unique International College in proceedings where the ACCC has alleged that Unique engaged in unconscionable conduct in relation to marketing of its courses to students.

Sumitomo Electric Industries electric cable cartel litigation

Acting for Sumitomo Electric Industries in the Electric Cable litigation and the ACCC's investigation. One party was just fined $1.5m and two others are still being proceeded against. Sumitomo is not a respondent to the enforcement proceedings but has been involved in various aspects of the litigation.

Flight Centre Litigation

Advised Singapore Airlines and IATA in relation to proceedings alleging that Flight Centre attempted to induce competitors (Singapore Airlines, Malaysian Airlines and Emirates) to stop directly offering and booking their own international airfares (including over the internet) at prices less than Flight Centre offered.

Optus appeal against Telstra's exemption from access obligations

Acting for Optus in the successful appeal to the Australian Competition Tribunal in relation to Telstra's 2008 ULLS access undertaking under Part XIC of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.