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Class Action Risk: Interim update
Insight 19 Oct 2021

2021 has been an unusual year in many respects and class actions have not been immune from both the pressures and distractions of COVID-19, and other challenges not linked to the pandemic. With nine months of the year behind us, a reasonably clear picture of class action activity is starting to take ...

Honeysuckle and nib granted conditional authorisation; and other developments
Insight 19 Oct 2021

The ACCC authorises Honeysuckle Health and nib Health Funds to form a buying group; Bunnings' to acquire Beaumont Tiles; Microsoft to acquire Nuance Inc; Qantas and Emirates seek extension to cooperative agreement; ACCC to investiate Qube Logistic’s acquisition of Newcastle Agri Terminal; NSW and ACT unis permitted to collaborate on travel arrangements for the return of internationals students. ...

Captive to no one: Australian Government releases its Ransomware Action Plan
Insight 18 Oct 2021

The Department for Home Affairs has released the Australian Government's Ransomware Action Plan (the Plan). This development forms part of the Government's Cyber Strategy and is the latest in a series of actions taken by the Government to combat the escalating threat of ransomware and extortion. ...

The ACCC's vision for the future of Australia's merger regime; and other developments
Insight 06 Oct 2021

The ACCC's overhaul of Australia's merger review regime; no cartel charges against the CFMMEU; payment system merger between BPAY, eftpos and NPPA; review of app marketplaces; no coordination for Qantas and Japan Airlines; Nero's resale price maintenance. ...

ACCC successfully appeals Employsure Google Ads case; and other developments
Insight 29 Sep 2021

ACCC successfully appeals Employsure Google Ads case; Decathlon fined; ACCC commences proceedings against Mercedes-Benz re Takata airbags; Phoenix Institute ruled to have acted unconscionably; Country Press Australia given the green light to collectively bargain with Google and Facebook; ACCC commences proceedings against Telstra, Optus and TPG re NBN speeds ...

Major reforms to unfair contract terms regime proposed
Insight 16 Sep 2021

Federal Treasury has released exposure draft legislation and explanatory materials for a major suite of proposed reforms to unfair contract terms law, which will put a heavy burden on businesses. The Government is seeking feedback on the changes, with responses due by 20 September 2021. ...

The first word on group costs orders in class actions
Insight 15 Sep 2021

The Supreme Court of Victoria has provided significant first guidance on the operation of its new group costs order regime for class actions. ...

High Court defamation decision means businesses could be responsible for comments posted on their social media pages
Insight 15 Sep 2021

In proceedings relating to alleged defamation of Dylan Voller, the High Court has confirmed that the administrators of public social media pages are 'publishers' of comments posted by third parties and members of the public on their page, for the purposes of defamation law. ...

Food and beverage law bulletin
Insight 14 Sep 2021

Sugar and alcohol labels under the microscope, including new requirements for alcoholic beverages to display pregnancy labels; minimising regulatory risk regarding misleading conduct on the sale and promotion of food products; COVID-19 and food; and class actions in the sector. ...

Is Australia's merger control regime really broken and is such significant change required?
Insight 09 Sep 2021

ACCC Chair Rod Sims has outlined for debate the ACCC's proposals to overhaul Australia's merger control regime. We are not convinced the system is broken. We consider that the ACCC's proposals are an over-correction to address a problem that has not been demonstrated to exist. ...

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