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The Cardboard Box Cartel Case: Was All the Fuss Warranted?

Australian Business Law Review, Vol 36, 2008

U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 393

25 Pages Posted: 18 May 2009  

Caron Beaton-Wells

Melbourne Law School

Neil Brydges

Melbourne Law School

Abstract

The ACCC’s legal action for price fixing against the giant cardboard box company, Visy, and its billionaire owner, Richard Pratt, has captivated the media. This article investigates the significance of the case from a competition law enforcement perspective, examining various aspects of the Federal Court’s decision with respect to penalties, the implications of the case for the proposal to criminalise serious cartel conduct, and insights arising from the litigation by ‘victims’ of the cartel in relation to private enforcement of the competition provisions of the Trade Practices Act.

Keywords: ACCC, competiiton law, cartel conduct

JEL Classification: K19, K29, K30, K41

Suggested Citation

Beaton-Wells, Caron and Brydges, Neil, The Cardboard Box Cartel Case: Was All the Fuss Warranted?. Australian Business Law Review, Vol 36, 2008; U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 393. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1406267

Caron Y. Beaton Wells (Contact Author)

Melbourne Law School ( email )

University Square
185 Pelham Street, Carlton
Victoria, Victoria 3010
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.unimelb.edu.au/staff/Caron%20Beaton%2DWells

Neil Brydges

Melbourne Law School ( email )

University Square
185 Pelham Street, Carlton
Victoria, Victoria 3010
Australia

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