Competition and Consumer (40)

Late last month, the Small Business and Unfair Contract Terms Bill 2015 was passed by federal parliament.

This month's Full Federal Court decision in Director, Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate v Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union [2015] FCAFC 59 (CFMEU) has held that key regulators cannot settle proceedings by reaching an agreement on penalty with parties.

On 28 April 2015, the federal government released draft legislation to amend the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) to extend unfair contract terms protection laws to the small business sector. This long awaited draft legislation is likely to catch a high proportion of franchise agreements. This has potentially profound implications for the franchising sector in Australia.

On Monday 22 September, the panel of the Competition Policy Review (also known as the Harper Review) released its draft report for comment.

The Competition Policy Review (also known as the Harper Review) issued its draft report into reforms of Australia's competition laws yesterday.

No, Harvey Norman, No

Friday, 23 May 2014

The ACCC's long running battle to make an example of a number of Harvey Norman franchisees for misleading consumers about their rights under statutory consumer guarantees has entered a new phase, with the ACCC obtaining over $200,000 in penalties from nine franchisees for contraventions of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) instituted Federal Court proceedings yesterday against Coles, alleging that the supermarket chain engaged in unconscionable conduct by forcing suppliers to pay a rebate based on benefits that Coles claimed would flow from changes it had made to its supply chain.

Welcome to all our readers for this April 2014 edition of the HWL Ebsworth Aviation Bulletin.

The Federal Government has announced the panel and final terms of reference for its 'root and branch' review of competition law, which will be called the 'Harper Review'.

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