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Assisting on whole of government technology agreements November 2, 2017

Maddocks advised the Commonwealth Government’s Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) on its whole of government purchasing agreement with SAP. The DTA was set up in 2015 to assist government departments and agencies with digital transformation and … Continued

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Winner of the first William Ah Ket Scholarship announced November 21, 2017

Tuesday 21 November 2017 A solicitor in a Victorian government agency is the first winner of the William Ah Ket Scholarship, a $5,000 prize named after the first barrister of Chinese heritage in Australia. K … Continued

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Encouraging positive and masking negative reviews – Lessons from ACCC v Meriton November 24, 2017

Following our report from November last year, The Federal Court has found that Meriton Serviced Apartments (Meriton) engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct in circumstances where it adopted a scheme preventing unfavourable reviews for its properties … Continued

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Competition Policy Review) Act 2017 is now in effect

We recently released an update on the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Competition Policy Review) Bill 2017 (the Bill) which was passed by Parliament on 18 October 2017.

The new legislation has now commenced. As of 6 November 2017, third line forcing will no longer be a per se prohibition and will only breach the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (the Act) if the restriction is likely to substantially lessen competition.

What does this mean?

From 6 November 2017, businesses do not need to lodge a third line forcing notification with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) unless the proposed conduct has the purpose, effect or likely effect of substantially lessening competition.

Therefore, most arrangements which were previously notified to the ACCC, will no longer need to be notified. Any notifications which have previously been lodged with the ACCC will continue to be valid.

Notwithstanding the change in the prohibition, clients should continue to consider whether their conduct will contravene under other provisions of the Act, including the Australian Consumer Law.

If you have any concerns, please contact a member of our Competition and Regulation team.

We recently released an update on the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Competition Policy Review) Bill 2017 (the Bill) which was passed by Parliament on 18 October 2017.

The new legislation has now commenced. As of 6 November 2017, third line forcing will no longer be a per se prohibition and will only breach the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (the Act) if the restriction is likely to substantially lessen competition.

What does this mean?

From 6 November 2017, businesses do not need to lodge a third line forcing notification with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) unless the proposed conduct has the purpose, effect or likely effect of substantially lessening competition.

Therefore, most arrangements which were previously notified to the ACCC, will no longer need to be notified. Any notifications which have previously been lodged with the ACCC will continue to be valid.

Notwithstanding the change in the prohibition, clients should continue to consider whether their conduct will contravene under other provisions of the Act, including the Australian Consumer Law.

If you have any concerns, please contact a member of our Competition and Regulation team.