Draft Commerce Commission Guidelines - Competitor Collaboration (including a draft chapter on the applications of the cartel laws to franchising)
The Commerce Commission issued revised draft Competitor Collaboration Guidelines in 2014 in anticipation of the "cartel" changes to the Commerce Act 1986. The Commission is currently updating the guidelines to reflect changes made to the legislation after the draft Guidelines were published. The Commission will publish the updated guidelines on the Commission's website in the future.
Copies of Guidelines - Warning These Are Partially Out of Date
While now out of date in some respects, the draft Competitor Collaboration Guidelines contain a useful overview of the "cartel" changes to the Commerce Act, and a range of practical examples. As they are partially out of date, the Commission has removed the draft Guidelines from its website.
Warning About the Draft Guidelines
As we say above, some of the draft Guidelines are now out of date. If you download the draft Guidelines, you should use them with caution and only to help you with a general understanding of the laws. And you should, of course, obtain specific legal advice about the effect of the changes as introduced into law.
For More Information or Help on How to Comply
For more information on the "cartel" changes to the Commerce Act and what you need to do, please see our articles here. If you have any questions on how the changes may affect your business or if you would like us to assist you to comply, please get in touch with one of the key contacts listed.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this publication is of a general nature and is not intended as legal advice. It is important that you seek legal advice that is specific to your circumstances.
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