Car manufacturers need to step up to meet their consumer guarantee obligations under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) and stop putting the squeeze on dealers through dealer agreements, policies and procedures, ACCC Chairman Rod Sims told the 2017 Australian Automotive Dealer Association National Dealer Convention in Sydney today.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has taken action over the last six months to ensure small business have a level playing field, as revealed in the 14th edition of the ACCC’s Small Business in Focus report.
“The ACCC is committed to ensuring small businesses receive the protections of the new business-to-business unfair contract terms law, franchising and other industry codes,” ACCC Deputy Chair Dr Michael Schaper said.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has applied to the Federal Court for leave to commence proceedings against Geowash Pty Ltd (subject to deed of company arrangement) (Geowash), a former national franchisor that marketed and sold hand car wash franchises between 2013 and 2016.
The ACCC proceedings will allege that Geowash made false or misleading representations and engaged in unconscionable conduct in breach of the Australian Consumer Law, and also failed to comply with the good faith obligation which is contained in the Franchising Code of Conduct.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against Ultra Tune Australia Pty Ltd (Ultra Tune), a national motor vehicle repair franchisor, for a number of alleged failures to comply with the Franchising Code (the Code) and for alleged breaches of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).
Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Ltd (Domino’s) is the first company to pay penalties for alleged non-compliance with the Franchising Code of Conduct.
Following the issue of two infringement notices by the ACCC, Domino’s has paid penalties totalling $18,000. The ACCC issued the infringement notices because it believed that Domino’s had failed to comply with the requirement in the Franchising Code of Conduct to provide franchisees with both an annual marketing fund financial statement and an auditor’s report within the time limits prescribed under the Code.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s new report into potentially unfair contract terms details its review of 46 contracts across seven industries, which resulted in a range of businesses making changes to their small business standard form contracts.
The ACCC will begin enforcing the new law this week [Nov 12], when consumer protections against unfair contract terms are extended to include up to 2 million Australian small businesses.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning franchisors about potentially unfair contract terms under a new law offering greater protections to small businesses from 12 November 2016.
Speaking to the legal symposium at the National Franchise Convention in Canberra, ACCC Deputy Chair Dr Michael Schaper outlined the ACCC’s findings following a review that identified a number of problematic terms that appear to be widespread in the franchising industry.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against Pastacup’s current franchisor Morild Pty Ltd (Morild) and that company’s former director Mr Stuart Bernstein alleging breaches of the Franchising Code of Conduct.
Mr Bernstein co-founded the Pastacup franchise in 2008 and has managed and been a director of two previous franchisors of the Pastacup franchise system that became insolvent.