ON 27 JULY 2007, the Federal Court of Australia delivered Seven Network Limited v News Limited  FCA 1062 (27 July 2007).
The Seven Network Limited sued News Limited and others, including Foxtel Cable Television Pty Limited and PBL, alleging anti-competitive conduct including breaches of the Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth) and the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (Cth).
Seven claimed that the respondents had used anti-competitive conduct to secure the rights to broadcast certain sporting events.
Justice Sackville dismissed the claims.
The judgment is notable for Sackville J’s comments about the case being one of “mega-litigation” heard over 120 sitting days involving: over 85,000 documents comprising over 500,000 pages; submissions of over 1,500 pages; pleadings of over 100,000 pages; and a transcript of over 9,500 pages.
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