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Product safety priorities — the ACCC's focus for 2020
Insight 30 Mar 2020

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is planning to prioritise five key product safety issues fitting broadly within the categories of the Takata airbag recall, safety risks for infants and children, and e-commerce. We report on what is planned for 2020. ...

Consumer Data Right Rules – what do the changes mean for you?
Insight 21 Feb 2020

As part of the CDR rollout, as of 6 February 2020 the Big 4 banks are now required to disclose certain types of product data following a request, with the first types of consumer data to be shared from 1 July 2020. ...

Court clears Vodafone/TPG merger
Insight 13 Feb 2020

Allens acted for Vodafone Hutchison Australia Pty Limited (VHA) to secure the Federal Court's approval for its merger with TPG Telecom Limited (TPG). In finding against the ACCC, Justice Middleton held the merger would not have the likely effect of substantially lessening competition. ...

What is on the horizon for competition and consumer laws?
Insight 10 Dec 2019

In his recent address to the RBB Economics Forum, ACCC Chairman Rod Sims identified a number of key focus areas for the regulator. The Chairman offered valuable insight into potential future developments in the competition and consumer law space, including the ACCC's approach to mergers, the possible introduction of a prohibition against unfair trading practices, and further scrutiny of the agricultural sector. We explore the impact of the ACCC's agenda on the food and beverage sector. ...

Energy regulation – a big stick for electricity and a white paper for gas
Insight 13 Nov 2019

The Federal Government's 'big stick' energy Bill, which will define and prohibit several new types of misconduct in electricity markets, is progressing through Parliament and is expected to be pass ...

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. ...

ASIC Corporate Governance Taskforce report; ASX listing rules update; ACCC cartel immunity and cooperation policy update; High Court considers financial assistance prohibition; and other corporate law developments
Insight 28 Oct 2019

ASIC issues Corporate Governance Taskforce report; ASX flags updates to listing rules; ACCC updates cartel immunity and cooperation policy, and expresses concerns with consumer loyalty schemes; ...

Cartel Confessions: the latest Cartel Immunity Policy commences
Insight 09 Oct 2019

On 1 October 2019, the ACCC's new Cartel Immunity and Cooperation Policy came into effect. The revised policy now excludes concerted practices and requires a higher level of cooperation from partie ...

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 ...

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, ...

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