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New laws on gift cards – what you need to know now
Insight 07 Nov 2019

Federal laws imposing a three-year minimum expiry date on gift cards sold in Australia came into effect last week, but certain state laws relating to gift cards also remain. This Insight explains t ...

Finding focus – ACCC makes another move on disclosure of data practices
Insight 01 Nov 2019

In a trail-blazing and world-leading move, the ACCC has commenced proceedings against Google, alleging that it engaged in misleading conduct, and made false or misleading representations to consumers about how and when it collects, keeps and uses their personal information in relation to location data. It is the first case brought globally to probe Google's approach to location data collection, and is likely to increase the focus on consumer awareness of data use in digital markets. ...

Federal Court hangs up on ACCC over TPG pre-payments; ACCC calls for more claret-y between winemakers and growers; and Viva/Liberty deal gets green light
Insight 25 Oct 2019

Court hangs up on ACCC over TPG pre-payments The Federal Court has dismissed the ACCC's case against TPG for making alleged false or misleading representations to its customers and including an ...

UltraTune penalty put in reverse; record penalties for vocational course provider; and ACCC's coal cartel appeal comes cascading down
Insight 30 Sep 2019

UltraTune penalty put in reverse In January this year, Ultra Tune Australia Pty Ltd was fined $2.6 million for breaches of the Franchising Code of Conduct, and for making false or misleading ...

Would parmesan by any other name smell as sweet?
Insight 24 Sep 2019

The deadline is approaching to lodge an objection to the proposed geographical indications in the Australia-EU Free Trade Agreement. The very high level of protection the EU is seeking for the list ...

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 ...

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