Media companies, and operators of public Facebook pages generally, should exercise great care and diligence to vet, monitor, and control comments published on their public Facebook pages, as they may be liable as a primary … Continued
It is trite to say businesses must exercise caution when developing and implementing marketing campaigns for products in highly competitive markets. The dangers of being overly aggressive in marketing and media campaigns have recently been … Continued
The Oaths and Affirmations Act 2018 (Vic) (the Act) will commence on 1 March 2019. The Act consolidates the laws in Victoria relating to oaths, affirmations, affidavits and statutory declarations and establishes a scheme for … Continued
Background If any clear theme emerges from a review of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) enforcement activity in 2018, it would have to be ‘penalties’ with the ACCC successfully pushing the boundaries on … Continued
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
Background In March 2018, the Senate referred an inquiry (Inquiry) into the operation and effectiveness of the Franchising Code of Conduct (Code) to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services (Committee). Since 5 … Continued
Background If 2017 was the year that the ACCC emphasised consumer and small business protection (including an effective focus on achieving higher penalties), 2018 is set to be the year of cartels and the continued … Continued
Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) commenced proceedings in the Federal Court last week against real estate agency Hoskins Maroondah (Hoskins) and its director, alleging, among other things, that Hoskins underquoted on the sale of 26 properties … Continued
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
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