CPSC and ACCC warn of poison dangers with liquid laundry packets

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) are urging parents to take immediate action to ensure their family is not exposed to the hazards posed by liquid laundry packets or capsules. Young children who are exposed to the highly concentrated, toxic detergent are at risk of serious injury.

ACCC authorises collective bargaining by the ANF with Tatts in SA

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a final decision allowing the Australian Newsagents’ Federation (ANF) and its members to collectively bargain with Tatts Lotteries SA for a period of five years.

The ACCC has previously authorised similar collective bargaining arrangements for lottery agents, including newsagents in Tasmania, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and Queensland.

“Collective bargaining can reduce the cost of negotiations for all parties,” ACCC Deputy Chair Dr Michael Schaper said.

ACCC institutes proceedings against Luv-a-Duck for false, misleading and deceptive conduct

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against Luv-a-Duck Pty Ltd alleging false, misleading and deceptive conduct in relation to the promotion and supply of its duck meat products.

The ACCC alleges that Luv-a-Duck engaged in false, misleading or deceptive conduct by use of one or more of following statements on its packaging, website and brochures:

ACCC authorises collective bargaining for central Queensland coal producers

 The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has granted authorisation to Endocoal, Whitehaven Coal, Yancoal Australia, QC Resource Investments and Linc Energy to collectively bargain with Adani Mining for access to its new coal terminal at Dudgeon Point, and with Aurizon Network (previously QR Network) for access to below rail infrastructure to transport their coal to the terminal.

Super A-Mart pays infringement notices in relation to allegedly misleading representations

Super A-Mart Pty Ltd has paid two infringement notices totalling $13,200 and changed the labelling of its “floor stock” or “shop soiled” furniture.  This occurred following Australian Competition and Consumer Commission allegations that Super A-Mart was making misleading representations regarding the application of the consumer guarantee provisions in the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) in relation to floor stock furniture offered for sale.

ACCC proposes cost-based prices for wholesale broadband services on Telstra’s copper network

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today released a draft report on making a final access determination (FAD) for the declared wholesale ADSL service. The service is used by retail telecommunications service providers to provide broadband internet products to consumers and businesses over Telstra’s copper network.

ACCC targets door-to-door sales tactics

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has filed proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia against EnergyAustralia Pty Ltd (formerly TRUenergy Pty Ltd) and four marketing and sales companies engaged by Energy Australia in relation to their door-to-door selling practices. 

The marketing companies are Sales Marketing and Real Technologies – SMART Pty Ltd, Aegis Services Australia Pty Ltd, Multiple Stories Pty Ltd (trading as Aegis Direct) and Australian Sales and Promotions Pty Ltd.

ACCC proposes to authorise agreement between RWWA and Sportingbet

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission proposes to grant authorisation to Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) for an agreement to acquire fixed odds management services from Sportingbet Australia Pty Ltd.  

RWWA is the sole licensed pari-mutuel wagering operator in Western Australia and also provides fixed odds wagering products. Sportingbet is an online and telephone wagering service provider.

Under the agreement Sportingbet will provide RWWA with risk management information and will manage RWWA’s fixed odds books.