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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

Competition and Consumer Alert - ACCC reins in misleading pricing - Dec 2013

Partner, Tom Griffith, discusses the High Court's decision in ACCC v TPG - a significant win for the ACCC in its efforts to rein in the misleading pricing of products and services.

Competition and Consumer News - Dec 2013

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 December 2013 edition:

  • Power without glory: ACCC v Cement Australia - Partner, George Raitt
  • Deal or no deal: new NSW legislation creates separate unfair contracts regime for motor dealer agreements - Partner, Anne Freeman
  • Bundled discounts: misuse of market power? - Partner, George Raitt
  • Advantage ANZ: ANZ found not to have breached Competition and Consumer Act - Partner, Tom Griffith
  • ACCC overpowers utility companies - Senior Associate, Bill Fragos
  • Multiple pricing: Zamel's pays the price for its jewels - Senior Associate, Bill Fragos

Competition and Consumer News - Nov 2013

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 November 2013 edition:

  • No clucking matter: Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v Turi Foods et al
  • En garde: ACCC foreshadows vigilant approach to statutory compliance
  • Making the case for merger efficiencies

Competition and Consumer News - Sep 2013

Welcome to Competition and Consumer News, which looks at the latest information and developments in competition law and consumer law.

In the September 2013 edition:

  • 'Interest-free' retail finance
  • ACCC sees red: More action on door-to-door and telemarketing sales conduct
  • I'm from the government and I'm here to help - ACCC seeks to intervene in competition case
  • Extensions of unfair contracts regime

Competition & Consumer News - Jul 2013

Welcome to the July edition of Piper Alderman’s Competition and Consumer News, which looks at the latest information and developments in competition law and consumer law.

In the July 2013 edition:

  • Beware unfair contract terms - consumers (with the help of the ACCC) bite back
  • Hire car company comes off second best in collision with ACCC
  • Specsavers loses eye case – Luxottica glasses raised once again

Competition & Consumer Alert - ACCC swoops in on Scoopon - Jul 2013

Australia’s largest group-buying website, Scoopon, will defend itself in the Federal court later this month, with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission having accused Scoopon of engaging in misleading and deceptive conduct.

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