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ACCC contemplates broader powers; new guidance on the IP exemption repeal; and the final word on foreign currency conversion services
Insight 09 Sep 2019

Enforcing the issue: Rod Sims contemplates broader powers ACCC Chairman Rod Sims covered a range of topics in his recent speech to the annual Law Council of Australia Competition Law Workshop, ...

Product safety snapshots – year in review
Insight 05 Sep 2019

The last 18 months were a busy time for product safety. Consumers found redress via the courts (in the form of class actions) and the regulator (in the form of product recalls). With the announceme ...

Strengthening protection of Indigenous Culture and Intellectual Property
Insight 28 Aug 2019

Art is an incredibly important part of Indigenous culture, but the protections afforded by existing intellectual property and consumer protection laws have at times proven inadequate and poorly ...

The ACCC looking to the future – what is a 'representation with respect to a future matter'?
Insight 28 Aug 2019

After losses in the Federal Court, the ACCC has now appealed decisions in cases against Kimberly-Clark and Woolworths. In both cases, the ACCC alleged (among other things) that misleading ...

Federal Court imposes $34.5 million penalty on shipping cartel participant; ACCC commences inquiry into Murray Darling basin; and Europcar fined for excessive card surcharges
Insight 23 Aug 2019

Shipping company K-Line docked $34.5 million for cartel conduct The largest criminal fine ever awarded under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (the CCA ) has been imposed on global shippi ...

Digital Platforms Inquiry Final Report calls for sweeping reforms; first ACCC merger authorisation; and the latest on ACCC concerns about the wine industry
Insight 07 Aug 2019

First ACCC Merger Authorisation ASX-listed AP Eagers Limited ( AP Eagers ) has secured the first merger authorisation from the ACCC under the new laws in relation to its proposed acquisition of ...

ACCC calls for significant reforms in Digital Platforms Inquiry Final Report - Part 1 of Allens' two-part series
Insight 31 Jul 2019

The Federal Government has released the ACCC's Final Report from its Digital Platforms Inquiry, with significant and wide-ranging implications across competition, consumer protection, copyright and ...

ACCC calls for significant reforms in Digital Platforms Inquiry Final Report (Part II): A platform for sweeping privacy reform
Insight 31 Jul 2019

This is the second of a two-part series in which we consider the ACCC's findings and recommendations in the final report of the Digital Platforms Inquiry. In this article, we unpack the ACCC's ...

First ACCC merger authorisation – how does it affect you?
Insight 31 Jul 2019

The new merger authorisation process has been used for the first time since it was introduced following the Harper Reforms in November 2017. We report on the AP Eagers decision and its likely impac ...

Fake Indigenous art leads to $2.3 million penalty; ACCC allegations of misleading claims are dismissed against Kimberly-Clark's 'flushable' wipes; and Woolworths' Select eco range passes the 'biodegradable' muster.
Insight 10 Jul 2019

Fake Indigenous art leads to $2.3 million penalty The Federal Court has imposed a $2.3 million penalty on Birubi Art Pty Ltd for engaging in misleading or deceptive conduct about products it sold, ...

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