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Australia: ACCC proposes to object to betting agencies’ immunity for collective bargaining and collective boycott against the NRL

On 13 February 2014, the Australian Wagering Council Limited (AWC) lodged a collective bargaining and collective boycott notification (the Notifications) with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC),...more

ACCC raises concern over conduct in the mobile app industry

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has this week expressed the need for industry guidance to ensure greater consumer protection by the “app” games industry....more

Can Reverse Payments In Patent Settlements Constitute Criminal Cartel Conduct?

It is a well-established and universally accepted principle of competition law that a payment by one competitor to another competitor not to enter a market is anticompetitive, and in Australia since 2010 a criminal offence....more

Competition & Regulation Update: ACCC Obtains Its First Unfair Contract Terms Declarations: ACCC V Bytecard Pty. Limited...

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) first case solely based on the unfair contract terms provisions of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) has resulted in the Federal Court declaring by consent that four...more

Franchising Newsletter – April 2013

Overview - There have been several franchising developments since our last update in February. This edition discusses: - minimising the risks when marketing through social media - comments from...more

ACCC Publishes Guidelines on Its Use of Infringement Notices

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) have published much needed guidance on its use of infringement notices issued under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (CCA). This guidance is timely...more

Unfair Contract Terms - ACCC Moves to Enforcement Phase

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) period of grace concerning the use of unfair contract terms in standard form consumer contracts is over. Following an industry review which prompted some businesses...more

Franchising Update - Febuary, 2013

This edition of our Franchising Update includes the following articles: - The recently announced review of the Franchising Code. - The Pie Face dispute – misleading information or inadequate due...more

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