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Australia: Egg cartel ringleader fined

 |  May 2, 2016

The Federal Court has ordered Mr Zelko Lendich, who is a former director of the Australian Egg Corporation Limited (AECL) and the former managing director of Farm Pride Foods Ltd (Farm Pride), to pay a pecuniary penalty of $120,000 for an attempt to induce a cartel arrangement between competing egg producers, in proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

The Court declared that between 19 January and 8 February 2012, Mr Lendich attempted to encourage certain egg producers in Australia to enter into an arrangement or arrive at an understanding that would limit the production and supply of eggs in Australia.

The orders were made on the basis of an admission by Mr Lendich that he attempted to induce the egg producers to make a cartel arrangement in contravention of the Competition and Consumer Act2010 (CCA).

“The ACCC brought this proceeding against the AECL and competing egg producers because it was concerned that the actions of the respondents, including Mr Lendich, if successful, could have reduced the production and supply of eggs and ultimately increased the price for consumers and other businesses,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

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