Consumer protection

Restaurants avoid second serving

December 18, 2012 | 2 Comments

The Commonwealth Government is proposing to amend the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and Competition and Consumer Regulations 2010 to exclude restaurant and café surcharges from the single pricing requirement in the Australian Consumer Law...

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Acquisitions protocol less than ACCC desires

December 12, 2012 | 2 Comments

The ACCC has reached only limited agreement with one of the major supermarket chains, Coles (owned by Wesfarmers), regarding a voluntary streamlined notification and assessment protocol for small retail acquisitions. The ACCC had proposed that...

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It’s not often that you get to read a case and browse a funky swimwear collection at the same time but this case really has it all – bikinis, trails of Facebook comments, and Justice...

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Shot down by metallic paint

December 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

Nissan Motor Co (Australia) Pty Ltd  provided a court enforceable undertaking to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission following an investigation by the Commission of Nissan’s television advertisement for the Nissan DUALIS vehicles.  In addition,...

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The 12 “clicks” of Christmas

December 5, 2012 | 2 Comments

While the level of festive cheer is rising, this is also a time of year when things can go wrong in the rush to find the perfect gift.  At this special time of year we...

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On 23 November 2012, the NZ Commerce Commission published its Enforcement Response Guidelines, describing how the NZCC enforces New Zealand’s fair trading, competition and credit contract laws. Read together with the NZCC’s Model Litigant Policy and Enforcement Criteria, the Guidelines...

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Strike out on savings claims

November 22, 2012 | 3 Comments

On 16 August this year, the Federal Court held that the company which operates the Zamels chain of jewellery stores in Australia misled consumers about the savings they could make during Zamels’ sales, contravening section...

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There’s no ACCCounting for penalties

November 20, 2012 | 1 Comments

The ACCC recently released its quarterly ACCCount update of its enforcement and other activities for the July-September 2012 quarter. Headline achievements for the quarter include: collecting over $6.8 million in court penalties in enforcement cases...

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Earlier in September, Justice Dowsett of the Federal Court handed down a decision ordering three publishing companies (‘Elite Publishing’) to pay total penalties of $400,000 for misleading and deceptive conduct and unconscionable conduct. The companies’...

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King hit for beef that’s not from the Island

October 17, 2012 | 1 Comments

On 14 August 2012 the Federal Court in Victoria found that the Melbourne-based butcher and retailer had contravened both the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) and the equivalent provisions of the former Trade Practices Act (TPA),...

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