Competition/Antitrust Litigation

MinterEllison has extensive experience advising clients in relation to civil and criminal investigations undertaken, and proceedings commenced, by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for anti-competitive (antitrust) conduct and for breaches of the consumer protection provisions in the Australian Consumer Law. We also act for clients in commencing, and defending, actions for breach of the Competition and Consumer Act brought by third parties, including class actions.

We assist clients in responding to ACCC investigations, including responding to mandatory requests for documents, information and to give evidence (section 155 notices), and in relation to dawn raids.

6 June 2013

On 5 May 2013 the High Court unanimously dismissed an appeal from a decision of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria, which held that Crown Melbourne Limited  did not act unconscionably in respect of, and was not liable to, a patron who lost large sums of money at the Casino. Minter Ellison acted for the Respondents in the proceedings. In this update we review the facts of the case, its progress through the lower courts and explain the High Court's reasoning in dismissing the appeal.