New Australian Thoroughbred Antitrust Decision

On 19 December 2012, the Australian Federal Court handed down an important Competition Law ruling concerning the rules of sport. The court held that the Australian Jockey Club’s rule requiring Thoroughbred horses to be bred by natural cover was not anticompetitive and did not violate the Competition Law. Robertson, J. referred to some Sherman Act precedent in a lengthy (369 pages), detailed analysis.

The opinion is available through the following link by searching “Judgments” and entering the case name: http://www.fedcourt.gov.au/publications/judgments/last-week.

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