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Competition and Consumer News - Oct 2014

Welcome to Piper Alderman's bulletin looking at competition and consumer law. In this bulletin we seek to inform on developments in these areas of law and trade practices generally.

In the October 2014 edition:

  • Court's free range decision may impact pricing - Senior Associate, Bill Fragos
  • ACCC gets tough with company officers following section 155 Notices - Partner, Anne Freeman
  • Half pregnant: an "effects" test with a "purpose" defence? - Partner, George Raitt
  • Merger clearance proposals: should process determine outcome? - Partner, George Raitt
  • National champions: the global economy and Australian consumers - Partner, George Raitt

Competition and Consumer News - Sep 2014

Welcome to Piper Alderman's bulletin looking at competition and consumer law. In this bulletin we seek to inform on developments in these areas of law and trade practices generally.

In the September 2014 edition:

  • The future of the Future - who benefits? - Senior Associate, Bill Fragos
  • Meerkat manner catches regulator's attention - Senior Associate, Bill Fragos
  • Product labelling and the ACCC - place of origin and credence claims - Senior Associate, Bill Fragos
  • Weight of the law in favour of weightlifting products company - Partner, Anne Freeman

Competition and Consumer News - Aug 2014

Welcome to Piper Alderman's bulletin looking at competition and consumer law. In this bulletin we seek to inform on developments in these areas of law and trade practices generally.

In the August 2014 edition:

  • Drip pricing actions - first drop in the ocean? - Partner, Anne Freeman
  • AGL's MacGen merger authorisation: elephants still in the room? - Partner, George Raitt
  • Half time for the Harper Review - progress report of the Competition Policy Review - Partner, Tom Griffith
  • Franchisors' on-line business may infringe rights of franchisees - Partner, George Raitt and Lawyer, Lucinda Carter

Competition and Consumer News - May 2014

Welcome to Piper Alderman's bulletin looking at competition and consumer law. In this bulletin we seek to inform on developments in these areas of law and trade practices generally.

In the May 2014 edition:

  • Nextra succeeds in taking down rival's misleading blog post - Senior Associate, Bill Fragos
  • When 4 plus 4 does not equal 8: the ACCC's shopper docket undertaking - Partner, George Raitt
  • ACCC aims to take Coles down, down in unconscionable conduct claim - Partner, Anne Freeman

Competition and Consumer News - Apr 2014

In the April 2014 edition:

  • Telstra succeeds in stopping Optus' comparative advertisements - Senior Associate, Bill Fragos
  • More success for the ACCC in actions against breast imaging service providers - Partner, Anne Freeman
  • Amendments to the Franchising Code of Conduct - Partner, George Raitt and Lawyer, Jennifer McGarvie
  • Birdsville and predatory pricing: What were they drinking? - Partner, George Raitt

Competition and Consumer News - Mar 2014

In the March 2014 edition:

  • Holding back the tide: ACCC's MacGen determination - Partner, George Raitt
  • Purchaser misled by Centro shopping centre sale - Senior Associate, Bill Fragos
  • Breast Check should have checked conduct - Partner, Anne Freeman

Competition and Consumer Alert - Business beware: ACCC releases 2014 policy on competition and consumer law activity - Mar 2014

The ACCC has recently released its Compliance and Enforcement Policy for 2014. The Policy contains priorities and areas of activity which the ACCC will emphasise when undertaking compliance and enforcement. Whilst some of these priorities are continuing from 2013, there are some new areas that the ACCC will be examining. Senior Associate, Bill Fragos considers the ACCC's priorities for 2014, and the impact on business.

Holding back the tide: ACCC’s MacGen determination - Mar 2014

The ACCC has announced it will oppose AGL’s proposed acquisition of MacGen’s electricity generation assets due to perceived likely anti-competitive effects in the NSW retail electricity market. The final determination is not yet available, however, the decision follows the line of argument raised in the ACCC’s issues paper released on 6 February 2014.  Partner, George Raitt discusses the issues raised.

Competition and Consumer News - Feb 2014

In this month's edition:

  • ACCC scrutiny of guarantees is guaranteed - The ACCC's tough stance on misrepresentations to consumers regarding their consumer guarantee rights shows no signs of abating. Partner, Anne Freeman looks at the latest news in this area.
  • Unilever hangs Colgate and Cussons out to dry - Recently the ACCC has commenced proceedings in the Federal Court against PZ Cussons Australia Pty Ltd and Colgate Palmolive Pty Ltd, alleging that they made and gave effect to a cartel, and engaged in anti-competitive conduct relating to their ultra-concentrate products. Senior Associate, Bill Fragos discusses the proceedings.
  • Penalty judgement entered after ACCC takes action on fake testimonials - Partner, Tom Griffith, discusses a recent judgement of the Federal Court in proceedings involving fake testimonials and false and misleading comments about the country of origin of the solar panels supplied by "Euro Solar" and "Australian Solar Panel".

Competition and Consumer News - Jan 2014

Welcome to Piper Alderman's bulletin looking at competition and consumer law. In this bulletin we seek to inform on developments in these areas of law and trade practices generally.

In the January edition:

  • Mitsubishi Electric's price maintenance gets cold reception - Senior Associate, Bill Fragos
  • Attempted approach by Flight Centre aborted by Court - Senior Associate, Bill Fragos
  • Dimmeys fails to meet safety standards - Senior Associate, Bill Fragos
  • Faith heel-ers? ACCC tries to tone down Reebok's claims - Senior Associate, Bill Fragos
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