The Federal Court imposed harsh penalties against a solar panel business because its door-to-door selling methods and marketing campaign seriously contravened the Australian Consumer Law. The case has ignited law reform in the Victorian energy and solar market.
Category: Competition and Consumer Law
Three world-class swimmers and the International Swimming League have commenced proceedings in California against FINA to prevent it from banning swimmers, who compete in “non-authorised” swimming events, from competing at the Olympics.
High Court refuses ACCC’s application for special leave from the Full Court’s decision in ACCC v Pacific National
On 8 December 2020, the High Court of Australia dismissed the ACCC’s application for special leave to appeal the decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court that Pacific National’s (PN) acquisition of the Acacia Ridge terminal (Terminal) from Aurizon would not be likely to substantially lessen competition.
When competition and criminal law collide. This case note discusses the interlocutory appeal in Country Care Group v CDPP, in which the Full Court of the Federal Court considered the complexity of criminal prosecutions for cartel offences and the need to direct juries about alternative pathways to conviction.
The Full Court of the Federal Court’s recent decision on Pacific National’s proposed acquisition of the Aurizon’s Acacia Ridge rail terminal sheds light on the interpretation and application of s 50 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth), and the use of undertakings in merger litigation.
This note examines current issues in the application of competition law to non-horizontal mergers, with particular reference to the recent decision of the Federal Court in the Pacific National case, and the arguments raised in the appeal to the Full Court.
For ACL buffs, Treasury’s current Consultation Regulation Impact Statement is a doozy. Reading between the lines, it seems to suggest that unfair contract terms may soon be outlawed once and for all.
Allsop CJ has given helpful tips to practitioners tasked with the job of drafting a concise statement in a banking case concerning statutory claims having an equitable character.
The High Court recently split on the test for statutory unconscionability, as well as deeper questions about whether vulnerable consumers can (or should be allowed to) consent to exploitative arrangements and how mainstream Australian culture interacts with indigenous cultures and norms.
Contractual time bars and claims for damages for misleading or deceptive conduct under s 236 of the ACL
A contractual provision which had the effect of excluding liability for damages for misleading or deceptive conduct under s 236 of the Australian Consumer Law if the complainant failed to give a notice of the proposed claim within a prescribed time limit was found to be unenforceable. Such a provision was also found to be ineffective in a “no transaction” case.
Just before Christmas last year Wigney J dismissed a cartel case in which the ACCC alleged that Cussons (and the other major laundry detergent manufacturers) had colluded when they simultaneously transitioned all their detergent products from a standard formula to an ‘ultra-concentrated’ formula (with concomitant repackaging and re-pricing). The case is on appeal.
The Federal Court found that the manufacturer of Nurofen had breached the Australian Consumer Law in a decision that emphasises the importance of an adequate scientific basis when engaging in comparative advertising of a scientific nature.
On 25 July 2017, the Federal Court ordered an egg supplier to pay a pecuniary penalty of $750,000 for falsely advertising eggs as “free range” and for engaging in misleading or deceptive conduct in so doing.
The Federal Court found that three online retailers and their directors had engaged in “serious” contraventions of the Australian Consumer Law for misleading Australian consumers as to the health benefits of e-cigarettes in three separate decisions that emphasise the importance of cooperation as a mitigating factor.
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v The Joystick Company Pty Ltd, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v Social-Lites Pty Ltd, and Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v Burden  FCA 397,  FCA 398, and  FCA 399