Business

Safety review of baby bouncers, rockers and inclined sleep products

The ACCC will today begin a safety review of products designed for infants such as bouncers, rockers and inclined sleep products.

The market review will be on inclined baby products used for sleeping, where the baby’s head and back are inclined, and may include a harness or belt to secure the baby into the product.

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has reported that at least 74 infant fatalities have occurred in the United States while using bouncers, rockers and recliners.

Competition law expert Stephen Ridgeway appointed

ACCC Chair Rod Sims has welcomed Treasurer Josh Frydenberg's announcement today that Stephen Ridgeway will join the agency as a Commissioner.

Mr Ridgeway has been appointed for a term of five years. He brings to the ACCC extensive experience as a leading lawyer specialising in competition and consumer law, including in large-scale litigation, merger review and infrastructure access matters.

Garuda ordered to pay $19 million for price fixing

The Federal Court has ordered PT Garuda Indonesia Ltd (Garuda) to pay penalties of $19 million for colluding on fees and surcharges for air freight services.

The penalties follow the ACCC’s court action against a global air cargo cartel, which has so far resulted in penalties of $132.5 million against 14 airlines, including Air New Zealand, Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific.

Know your obligations when selling disability goods & services

The Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA) and the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) provide a number of obligations on businesses, including not-for-profit businesses, when selling goods and services to consumers with disability or to participants in the National Disability Insurance Scheme. These laws help businesses protect their reputation, as well as protect vulnerable consumers.

Gun jumping risks for merger transactions

In Australia, merger parties should be aware that some actions they take in anticipation of their transaction completing can expose them to legal action for gun jumping.

ACCC opposes TPG-Vodafone merger

The ACCC has decided to oppose the proposed merger between TPG Telecom Limited (ASX: TPM) and Vodafone Hutchison Australia Pty Ltd (ASX:HTA).

Australia already has a very concentrated mobile services market, with the three network operators, Telstra, Optus and Vodafone, having over 87 per cent share. Similarly, the fixed broadband market is concentrated, with Telstra, TPG and Optus having approximately 85 per cent share.