The Privy Council ruling on the bid by Foodland for Woolworths highlights serious flaws in the New Zealand legal system, said Ted Van Arkyl, MD of Progressive Enterprises, a subsidiary of Foodland. The Privy Council swiftly overturned an earlier ruling on the case by the Court of Appeal that backed the argument of Foodstuffs that acquisition of Woolworths by Foodland would seriously impede competition in the New Zealand supermarket sector.