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ACCC wants significant merger reform: what does this mean for your upcoming deal?

Still concerned about its recent losses in the Federal Court in TPG/Vodafone and Pacific National/Aurizon and in light of growing fears about the anti-competitive effects of acquisitions in highly...

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The price to pay for excessive surcharging

It has been over 5 years since the excessive payment surcharge laws were introduced but the ACCC’s recent action against Nine Entertainment Co (Nine) demonstrates that the ACCC will continue to...

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The class exemption for small business collective bargaining is now in play

On 3 June 2021, the much-anticipated class exemption for small businesses, franchisees and fuel retailers came into effect.

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ACL unfair contract terms vs NSW disclosure obligations for substantially prejudicial terms

On 1 January 2021 NSW Fair Trading began enforcing a new law requiring businesses in NSW to make disclosures regarding terms that substantially prejudice the interests of consumers .

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Recent trends in complex ACCC merger review cases

We are pleased to share with you the fifth edition of our report on recent trends in complex merger review cases by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC).

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ACCC compliance and enforcement priorities 2021

Yesterday, the ACCC released its Compliance and Enforcement Priorities for 2021.

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Restraints of trade and dominance in Australia

Partners Sar Katadare and Andrew Willekes share insights on restraints of trade and dominance in Australia as part of Thompson Reuters’ Practical Law Competition Global Guide

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New disclosure requirements in NSW for suppliers of goods or services

Terms that may substantially prejudice the interests of the consumer.

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Competition law issues arising from the acquisition of minority shareholdings

Lessons from Amazon’s proposed acquisition of a minority interest in Deliveroo and the acquisition by Qantas of a 19.9% interest in Alliance Airlines.

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ACCC releases Gas Market Inquiry 2017 – 2025 Interim Report

A summary of the key findings and recommendations drawn from the Gas Market Inquiry 2017 – 2025 Interim Report released on 17 August 2020 (Report).

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Regional hospital wards off misuse of market power claim

Ramsay Health Care Australia Pty Limited successfully defended Federal Court proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for misuse of market power (under the old...

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ACL redefines “consumer” up to $100k: how will your business be impacted?

From 1 July 2021, the Australian Consumer Law's definition of “consumer” will change with the monetary threshold of $40,000 increasing to $100,000.

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How Australian Consumer Law applies to call centres and complaints divisions

Do your call centres and complaints divisions know what they can and cannot say under the Australian Consumer Law?

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Shock to electricity regulation: changes to competition laws in the energy market

New competition laws will apply to generators and suppliers of electricity as of 10 June 2020.

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Small businesses, franchisees and fuel retailers will soon be allowed to collectively negotiate

While competition law strictly prohibits competitors acting together or agreeing on prices, collective negotiation by small businesses, franchisees and fuel retailers has traditionally been...

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ACCC red lights not fatal for mergers

A red light from the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) is not necessarily fatal when it comes to seeking approval for mergers but red light Statement of Issues (SOI) are becoming...

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Practical Law Guide: Merger control in Australia

Sar Katdare and Andrew Willekes have prepared an easy to use Q&A on merger control in Australia.

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ACCC grants urgent interim authorisation to Coles

Last week the ACCC granted an urgent interim authorisation to Coles to coordinate its activities with other supermarkets for the broad purpose of ensuring the fair and equitable distribution of...

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Competition law and COVID19 - the upside and downside

How competition and consumer laws can impact your business during these uncertain times.

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Review 2019

With significant regulatory change coming into effect the spotlight is staying firmly on culture, ethics and regulatory compliance. An organisation’s social licence to operate remains a priority...

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The Osteo Gel case - what you need to know

A short case summary on the recent Osteo Gel case.

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Who is the ACCC targeting in 2019?

On 26 February 2019, Rod Sims announced the ACCC’s compliance and enforcement policy for 2019. A summary of the key areas of focus are set out below.

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Repeal of IP exception to competition law

If your business is involved in the licensing or assignment of IP rights (such as patents, registered designs or copyrights), you should urgently seek legal advice to ensure that all such...

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Foreign Bribery Update: December 2018

This Update covers a range of important developments in Australia and overseas in the area of foreign bribery policy, commercial crime, investigations and regulation to 19 December 2018.

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Biggest fine ever for breach of competition law – a sign of things to come

Last month, the Full Federal Court ordered Japanese company Yazaki Corporation (Yazaki) to pay a penalty of $46 million for engaging in cartel conduct in contravention of the Competition and...

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