The Courier-Mail

Price-fixing claim off to High Court


THE competitio­n watchdog is taking its price fixing battle with Flight Centre to the High Court.

Flight Centre won an $11 million refund with interest in July after successful­ly appealing the Australian Competitio­n and Consumer Commission’s 2013 Federal Court victory.

The ACCC had accused Flight Centre of breaching the Trade Practices Act between 2005 and 2009 by insisting airlines could not offer prices directly to customers that were lower than those available to the travel retailer.

The ACCC yesterday said it was seeking special leave of the High Court to appeal July’s decision in favour of Flight Centre, made by the full Federal Court.

Flight Centre said it would vigorously defend its position.

Meanwhile, the ACCC said it would not appeal its other failed legal challenge from July, an allegation of price fixing against big four bank ANZ.

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