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The Federal Court in Sydney has today ordered Emirates to pay a total of $10 million in penalties for engaging in cartel conduct in breach of the Trade Practices Act 1974 (now the Competition and Consumer Act 2010).

This decision comes just a week before the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s main proceedings are due to commence against a number of international airlines for alleged cartel conduct. The proceedings relate to alleged price fixing of fuel and other surcharges.

Emirates is the tenth airline to settle in these proceedings.

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