ACCC hits out at unfair take-it-or-leave it contracts

Australia’s competition watchdog has again taken aim at unfair contract terms in its latest Small Business in Focus report.  The ACCC used the half-yearly report to highlight its effort to protect small businesses against unfair terms in standard form contracts. “Unfair contract terms are a big focus for the ACCC, and we want to make [...]

By |2020-12-21T23:44:34+11:00August 27th, 2019|Business|0 Comments

ACCC forces Uber Eats to change its contract terms

Small businesses that deal with Uber Eats have just scored a big win after Uber Eats agreed to change its “unfair contract terms”. The current contract holds restaurants responsible for the delivery of orders, even if they have no control over deliveries once the food leaves its premises, according to the ACCC. When problems occur, [...]

By |2019-07-18T19:24:37+10:00July 18th, 2019|Business|0 Comments

ACCC wants to give small business greater bargaining power

Australia’s competition watchdog wants to give small businesses the legal right to collectively bargain with suppliers and processors. The ACCC has proposed issuing a ‘class exemption’ to the small business sector to allow it to collectively negotiate without the risk of breaching competition law. “The proposed class exemption would apply to businesses and independent contractors [...]

By |2019-06-24T18:40:16+10:00June 9th, 2019|Business|0 Comments

ACCC accuses Kogan of “false” advertising

Small businesses have been put on notice about the importance of accurate advertising after the competition watchdog took action against one of the country’s biggest retailers. The ACCC has instituted proceedings against Kogan Australia in the Federal Court, and is seeking penalties, injunctions, declarations, corrective notices and costs from Kogan. The ACCC has alleged that [...]

By |2019-05-24T06:55:26+10:00May 24th, 2019|Marketing|0 Comments

ACCC throws the book at two businesses

Small businesses have been reminded of the importance of avoiding “false or misleading representations” in their marketing. Australia’s consumer watchdog has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against companies accused of false advertising of flushable wipes. The ACCC has instituted proceedings against Kimberly-Clark Australia, and separately against Pental Limited and Pental Products. According to the [...]

By |2020-12-21T23:44:46+11:00December 12th, 2016|Marketing|0 Comments

Paint giant punished over questionable marketing claims

Any claims a small business makes about its products have to be backed by adequate scientific or technical evidence. DuluxGroup has been ordered to pay penalties totalling $400,000 for making false or misleading representations in its marketing. The Federal Court found that the paint giant made false or misleading claims about the temperature-reducing characteristics of [...]

By |2019-04-14T11:25:35+10:00November 3rd, 2016|Marketing|0 Comments
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