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ACCC’s Plan to Tame Tech Giants

On 10 December 2018, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (‘ACCC’) released its proposals on how Australia should respond to the expanding grip of technology giants, like Facebook and Google, on the lives of everyday Australians.
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The dangers of exclusive dealing

Companies must assess the effect that their dealings have on the market and retreat from activities that could be construed as ‘substantially lessening competition’.
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Beware the Unfair – lessons to be learnt from JJ Richards?

The protections afforded to consumers under the “unfair contract terms” regime by the Australian Consumer Law and the ASIC Act 2001 has been extended to cover small businesses for over a year now.  
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Ban on excessive payment surcharging

On 25 February 2016, the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Payment Surcharges) Act 2016 commenced. This Act will form part of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA).  Its purpose is to ban excessive payment surcharges.
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Airlines lose cartel appeal

On 21 March, the Full Federal Court (FFC) upheld an appeal from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and found that Air New Zealand and Garuda Airlines of Indonesia were guilty of fixing surcharges for the carriage of air cargo from outside Australia to Australian airports in breach of the anti-cartel provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Act). The surcharges, the subject of the cartel arrangements, were charged to Australian importers who then passed them on to consumers.

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