eBulletin - 16 May 2017

The ACCC has signalled a clear warning to franchisors that upholding the protections afforded to small businesses under industry codes is an enforcement priority. This warning came after the ACCC advised that Domino’s Pizza became the first company to pay penalties for alleged breaches of the Franchising Code of Conduct. As the alleged breaches were essentially technical breaches of timing requirements prescribed by the Franchising Code, it is evident that the ACCC is serious about enforcing industry codes.

In this eBulletin we look at the breaches alleged by the ACCC, and how this may indicate its action in future.  Read more...

競争法&消費者法 eBulletin - 28 September 2016

オーストラリア消費者法およびオーストラリア証券投資委員会(ASIC)法に対する変更が2016年11月に施行され、不当契約条項からの保護(これまでは消費者だけに適用)が小規模事業者にも適用されるようになります。このeBulletinでは、今回の変更が実際に及ぼす影響を考慮し、これに対して貴社がなんらかの変更を検討する必要があるとすれば、それがどのようなものであるかを考えます。  Read more...

Competition & Consumer Law eBulletin - 23 August 2016

In November this year, existing unfair contracts provisions for consumers will be extended to include small businesses. In this eBulletin, we consider whether the changes are likely to have a significant impact on your business.  Read more...

Competition & Consumer Law eBulletin - 20 July 2016

オーストラリア競争・消費者委員会(ACCC)はカルテル行為に対する初めての刑事告発を行いました。 これは、オーストラリアでほぼ7年前に導入されたカルテルに対する刑事罰規定が初めて使われた事例です。  Read more...

Competition & Consumer Law update - 19 July 2016

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has brought its first ever criminal prosecution for cartel conduct. This is the first time Australia's criminal cartel provisions have been used since they were introduced almost exactly seven years ago.  Read more...

Competition & Consumer Law eBulletin - 17 March 2016

The Turnbull government has announced plans to implement the most controversial recommendation of the Harper Review into competition law. Under the measure, the existing misuse of market power prohibition in the Competition and Consumer Act will be replaced with one based on an “effects test”.  Read more...

Competition & Consumer Law eBulletin - 26 February 2016

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released its 2016 Compliance and Enforcement Policy. A number of areas are targeted for particular scrutiny from the regulator this year including the agriculture sector, as well as a continued focus on the health and medical sectors.  Read more...

Competition & Consumer Law eBulletin - 2 December 2015

The Australian Federal Court recently found Yazaki Corporation of Japan guilty of engaging in collusive conduct with its major Japanese competitor in relation to the supply of wire harnesses to Toyota in Australia. This decision demonstrates the extra-territorial operation of Australia's competition laws and the significant implications for foreign corporations of entering into cartel arrangements that impact Australia.  Read more...

Competition & Consumer Law eBulletin - 2 December 2015

オーストラリア連邦裁判所は最近、豪トヨタ自動車に対するワイヤーハーネス販売において日本の主要競合企業と談合を行ったとして矢崎総業に有罪判決を下しました。この判決は豪競争法の域外適用と、これに違反する外国企業が受ける大きな影響を示しています。
今回のeBulletinではこの連邦裁判所の判決について述べ、国際企業にとってこの判決が意味するものを反競争的行為という側面や、カルテル行為に科される重度の罰則という側面からまとめます。また豪消費者と取引を行う企業が豪競争法を考慮することがなぜ非常に重要であるのか、リスクを把握して適切な法令遵守管理を行うためにはどうする必要があるのかについても説明します。  Read more...

Competition and Consumer Law eBulletin - 27 November 2015

The Federal Government has released its response to the Competition Policy Review (Harper Review). While a majority of the Review's recommendations are supported by the Federal Government, much of any reform agenda will depend on the Government's ability to persuade the States to implement key changes.  Read more...

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