不当契約についての新規則とその影響

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...

New unfair contract rules - likely impact

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...

カルテルの刑事責任を問う初めての刑事訴追➖日系企業が対象に

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...

Japanese company first to be charged under criminal cartel law

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 Law alert: 'effects test' to proceed

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...

ACCC v agribusiness, health, Government suppliers & ORS - compliance and enforcement priorities for 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...

矢崎総業に対する判決:「談合行為」が国際企業に及ぼす影響

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...

The Yazaki decision: foreign corporations caught by the long reach of Australian competition law

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...

Turnbull's tick of approval: Federal Government's response to Harper Competition Policy Review

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...

Unfair contract terms protections now extended to small businesses - what this means for your business

The Treasury Legislation Amendment (Small Business and Unfair Contract Terms) Act 2015 extends the existing consumer unfair contract term protections to small business contracts, allowing unfair terms to be declared void. We look at what the new legislation will mean for your business.  Read more...

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