Consumer protection

On 23 February 2012, Justice Middleton of the Federal Court fined Hooker Meats Pty Ltd $50,000 for engaging in misleading or deceptive conduct.  The Court found that Hooker Meats misled consumers when it claimed that...

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On 13 January 2012, Mega Brands (“Mega”) filed an antitrust action against its competitor, Lego, in the Los Angeles federal district court, alleging anticompetitive behaviour in the construction toys market. Mega’s action makes a number...

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A ‘dawn raid’ is a well-recognised, often public, example of the ACCC’s formal enforcement powers.  However, the ACCC may also conduct investigations on a more informal, voluntary basis.  This informal approach is sometimes preferred by...

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Amendments to the Trade Practices Act introduced in April 2010 as part of the new Australian Consumer Law give the ACCC power to issue notices requiring a person to substantiate a claim or representation made...

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