The Australian Competition Authority institutes proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia against supermarket chain for exploitative conduct (Coles)

ACCC takes action against Coles for alleged unconscionable conduct towards its suppliers* The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia against Coles Supermarkets Australia Pty Ltd and Grocery Holdings Pty Ltd (together, Coles) alleging that Coles engaged in unconscionable conduct in relation to its Active Retail Collaboration (ARC) program, in contravention of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). The ACCC alleges that in 2011, Coles developed a strategy to improve its earnings by obtaining better trading terms from its suppliers. It is alleged that one of the ways Coles sought to improve its earnings was through the introduction of ongoing rebates to be paid by its suppliers in connection with the Coles ARC

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Australian Competition Authority, The Australian Competition Authority institutes proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia against supermarket chain for exploitative conduct (Coles), 5 May 2014, e-Competitions Buyer power in agreements and abuse of market power, Art. N° 66070

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