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Advising on market-changing divestments September 25, 2018

Maddocks  acted for the founder of Australia’s largest private pilot training school, Soar Aviation, on the group’s 50 percent sale to Australian private equity investor The Growth Fund. Soar Aviation was started in 2012 by … Continued

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Strong signals: Maddocks advises on television broadcast services outsourcing October 10, 2018

Wednesday 10 October 2018 Maddocks has advised NPC Media on its deal to provide playout services for Southern Cross Austereo’s 105 television broadcast signals through NPC Media’s new playout centre. NPC Media is a joint … Continued

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When being natural can be misleading: recent consideration of organic product claims October 15, 2018

Recent decisions by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Federal Court of Appeal have demonstrated that it can be a fine line between branding and product claims: with a wrong step amounting to … 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.