ACCC proposes to approve collective bargaining between Licensed Post Offices and Australia Post

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a draft determination proposing to grant authorisation to Licensed Post Office Group Ltd (LPO Group) and its current and future licensed post office members to collectively negotiate with Australia Post.

LPO Group and its members are seeking to collectively negotiate and enter into a new agreement with Australia Post, or vary the agreements that are currently in place for the provision of postal and distribution services by Licensed Post Offices (LPOs).

ACCC takes action to enforce $50,000 penalty

The ACCC has commenced proceedings in the Federal Court against Mr Tuan Nguyen to enforce payment of a $50,000 penalty previously ordered for breaches of consumer law.

In 2013, the Court found that Mr Nguyen was knowingly concerned in false or misleading representations made by Artorios Ink to five small businesses to sell printer cartridges.

The Court ordered Mr Nguyen to pay a penalty of $50,000 but he made no payments and filed for bankruptcy. 

Property spruiker made false or misleading representations

Today the Federal Court found that We Buy Houses Pty Ltd (We Buy Houses) and its sole director, Rick Otton, made false or misleading representations in promoting a number of wealth creation strategies involving real estate, following ACCC action.

We Buy Houses promoted these strategies throughout Australia via published material, seminars, boot camps and mentoring programs. Consumers were enticed by these false or misleading representations to attend training programs, including paid boot camps and mentoring.

ACCC takes action against domain registration businesses

The ACCC has instituted proceedings against Domain Name Corp Pty Ltd and Domain Name Agency Pty Ltd (also trading as Domain Name Register) (the Domain companies) alleging that they engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct and made false or misleading representations to Australian businesses about the domain name services they offered.

The ACCC is also alleging that the sole director of both the Domain companies was involved in the conduct.

ACCC welcomes reappointment of Deputy Chair Delia Rickard

ACCC Chairman Rod Sims has welcomed the Federal Government’s reappointment of Delia Rickard as Deputy Chair of the ACCC for a period of five years.  

The Government announced Delia’s reappointment today following unanimous support from the states and territories.

“Delia has made an outstanding contribution to the work of the ACCC over the past five years, particularly in relation to consumer protection,” Mr Sims said.

“Delia is a tireless advocate for consumer rights and leads the Commission’s product safety and scam disruption work.”

ACCC grants authorisation to Virgin Australia's mainland China and Hong Kong airline alliance

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has granted authorisation to coordinate airline services for five years to Virgin Australia Airlines, the HNA Aviation Group, Hong Kong Airlines and Hong Kong Express Airways. The Alliance Framework Agreement may see additional airline services operate between Australia and mainland China, and Australia and Hong Kong.

ACCC has concerns about Camp Australia and Junior Adventures merger

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has raised preliminary competition concerns about Bain Capital’s proposal to combine Camp Australia Pty Ltd (Camp Australia) and Junior Adventures Group (JAG).

Camp Australia and JAG are the two largest commercial suppliers of before and after school care in Australia. JAG owns the OSHClub and Helping Hands brands.

ACCC releases Statement of Issues on BP's proposed acquisition of Woolworths' petrol sites

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has flagged preliminary concerns regarding the proposed acquisition by BP Australia Pty Ltd of Woolworths Limited’s (ASX:WOW) network of retail service station sites and is seeking feedback from interested parties.

The ACCC has today outlined its preliminary view that the proposed acquisition may substantially lessen competition for the retail supply of fuel across metropolitan areas.

New car industry put on notice

The ACCC today released the draft report of its market study into Australia’s new car retailing industry.

“Complaints to the ACCC about new car manufacturers have risen to more than 10,000 over the past two years. Our draft report highlights the urgent need to address widespread issues in the industry,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

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