Competition and Consumer Law

In the recent case of Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v JJ Richards & Sons Pty Ltd1, Moshinsky J declared that a number of terms in JJ Richards’ standard form contracts with small business customers were unfair and void under the Australian Consumer Law. The proceeding was the first court action by the ACCC to enforce new laws […]

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As a result of an action commenced by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the Federal Court of Australia recently ordered Valve Corporation (Valve), a foreign corporation, to pay a pecuniary penalty of AUD$3 million for breaching the Australian Consumer Law in the course of conducting its online business. Valve ran an online games software […]

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Drip Pricing Drip pricing conduct is a common issue with online transactions, particularly ticket purchases and travel bookings. “Drip pricing” refers to the incremental disclosure of fees and charges that make up the ultimate price payable by the consumer. The Liability Judgment[i] On 17 November 2015 Justice Foster of the Federal Court found that two […]

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