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Australian consumer protection laws have recently undergone significant changes. Since the start of 2011, all Australian businesses now operate under a single consumer protection law: the Australian Consumer Law. The changes will have implications for businesses as the ACCC has been active in using its new investigative and penalty powers to ensure compliance.

Corrs regularly assists clients in meeting their obligations under the ACL, including implementing compliance initiatives, advising on proposed conduct and dealing with the ACCC in investigations.

Corrs act for a wide range of suppliers and manufacturers on their consumer facing obligations.

Our clients include: BP, Johnson& Johnson, Dell and Woolworths.

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Six points to keep in mind if your contracts contain automatic renewal terms

Automatic renewal terms are now in the sights of the ACCC, under new laws which extend the unfair contract term provisions of the Australian Consumer Law to small business contracts.

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Government releases exposure draft amendments to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)

Federal Government moves a step closer to implementing the Harper Review recommendations in competition law.

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Businesses Beware – are you caught by the Australian Consumer Law? Implications of the ACCC v Valve decision

Online and international businesses should consider whether they are subject to the ACL and amend their customer agreements to ensure compliance.

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Self incrimination, regulators and commissions – do I really have to answer that question? Part 2

This is our second article in this series. In this article we consider who can receive or make use of the transcript of a compulsory examination – including third parties – and the protections available to a person pleading a defence in court proceed

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Self incrimination, regulators and commissions – do I really have to answer that question?

This is the first in a two-part series covering some of the issues arising from compulsory examinations, the privileges that may be available to a person being examined, and how the answers can be used.

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Unwrapping a Christmas hamper of unfair contract terms: Lessons on transparency from ACCC action against Chrisco

Businesses must be aware that the fairness of a contract term can be affected by simple issues like formatting and visual presentation.

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Three tips to prevent the Australian Consumer Law rendering your supply contract terms unenforceable

Check your compliance today!

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Misleading or deceptive conduct in commercial transactions: Always assume the ACL catches all

Recent media comments suggest Australia’s consumer protection laws are being exploited by “corporate giants” in large transactions.

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Sucked in - Full Court clarifies unconscionable conduct provisions in the Australian Consumer Law in ACCC v Lux

The decision may lead to fresh scrutiny of sales tactics aimed at “sucking in” consumers to agree to sales negotiations in their homes.

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International price discrimination and parallel importing - Time to take a deep breath?

Public debate about competition in Australia’s grocery sector has shone a spotlight on the international price discrimination practices of suppliers to Australian grocery retailers.

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ACCC announces outcome of unfair contract terms review - Next step: Enforcement

The ACCC has identified a wide variety of problematic terms in standard form consumer contracts that it considers may amount to unfair contract terms.

More

Business beware: The ACCC renews its commitment to enforcement

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released the “ACCC Compliance and Enforcement Policy” for 2013.

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Competition changes on the horizon

In the October sittings, Parliament will likely pass two pieces of legislation that will have varying impacts on the competition landscape in Australia.

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Colin Lockhart

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Daniel Marquet

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Eddie Scuderi

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James Cameron

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Peter Anderson

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Richard Flitcroft

Partner Location Sydney Profile

Our Thinking

Six points to keep in mind if your contracts contain automatic renewal terms

Automatic renewal terms are now in the sights of the ACCC, under new laws which extend the unfair contract term provisions of the Australian Consumer Law to small business contracts.

Government releases exposure draft amendments to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)

Federal Government moves a step closer to implementing the Harper Review recommendations in competition law.

Businesses Beware – are you caught by the Australian Consumer Law? Implications of the ACCC v Valve decision

Online and international businesses should consider whether they are subject to the ACL and amend their customer agreements to ensure compliance.

Self incrimination, regulators and commissions – do I really have to answer that question? Part 2

This is our second article in this series. In this article we consider who can receive or make use of the transcript of a compulsory examination – including third parties – and the protections available to a person pleading a defence in court proceed

Self incrimination, regulators and commissions – do I really have to answer that question?

This is the first in a two-part series covering some of the issues arising from compulsory examinations, the privileges that may be available to a person being examined, and how the answers can be used.

Unwrapping a Christmas hamper of unfair contract terms: Lessons on transparency from ACCC action against Chrisco

Businesses must be aware that the fairness of a contract term can be affected by simple issues like formatting and visual presentation.

Three tips to prevent the Australian Consumer Law rendering your supply contract terms unenforceable

Check your compliance today!

Misleading or deceptive conduct in commercial transactions: Always assume the ACL catches all

Recent media comments suggest Australia’s consumer protection laws are being exploited by “corporate giants” in large transactions.

Sucked in - Full Court clarifies unconscionable conduct provisions in the Australian Consumer Law in ACCC v Lux

The decision may lead to fresh scrutiny of sales tactics aimed at “sucking in” consumers to agree to sales negotiations in their homes.

International price discrimination and parallel importing - Time to take a deep breath?

Public debate about competition in Australia’s grocery sector has shone a spotlight on the international price discrimination practices of suppliers to Australian grocery retailers.

ACCC announces outcome of unfair contract terms review - Next step: Enforcement

The ACCC has identified a wide variety of problematic terms in standard form consumer contracts that it considers may amount to unfair contract terms.

Business beware: The ACCC renews its commitment to enforcement

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released the “ACCC Compliance and Enforcement Policy” for 2013.

Competition changes on the horizon

In the October sittings, Parliament will likely pass two pieces of legislation that will have varying impacts on the competition landscape in Australia.

Our Experts

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Colin Lockhart

Counsel Perth +61 8 9460 1713
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Daniel Marquet

Partner Melbourne +61 3 9672 3172
Eddie Scuderi.jpg

Eddie Scuderi

Partner Brisbane +61 7 3228 9319
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James Cameron

Special Counsel Brisbane +61 7 3228 9752
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Peter Anderson

Special Counsel Brisbane +61 7 3228 9450
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Richard Flitcroft

Partner Sydney +61 2 9210 6435