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Regulators switch focus in response to COVID-19

Key Australian regulators have moved to establish new initiatives and scale-back some existing programs as the COVID-19 crisis deepens.  Given the current crisis impacts both business and consumers alike, ASIC and the ACCC have prioritised their resources to ensure they are best placed to respond where necessary.  The key take-outs for businesses to consider are: … Read more

Court says “no go” to Viagogo advertising practices

By David Robbins (Principal Solicitor) and Laura-Jane Palma (Lawyer) The ACCC has succeeded in Federal Court action against Swiss-based online ticket reseller Viagogo, with the Court finding Viagogo’s advertising practices were false and misleading in breach of the Australian Consumer Law. Following hundreds of complaints received from disgruntled consumers, the ACCC’s case centred on a … Read more

Jenny Craig tips the scales over misleading ad

By Naomi Stephens (Paralegal) and Amelia Edwards (Lawyer) Weight loss giant Jenny Craig has paid penalties totalling $37,800 following an investigation by the ACCC into multiple misleading representations made in its lose “10kg for $10” campaign. What happened? Wrongly trimming the informational fat: The campaign ran from December 2017 to February 2018, with advertising stating … Read more

TPG fined for infringing spam laws

In a warning to businesses which engage in email marketing, telecommunications giant TPG has been fined by the Australian Communications & Media Authority (ACMA) for breaching the Spam Act 2003 (the Act). Background Under the Act, businesses sending commercial electronic messages, such as e-newsletters and marketing emails, must comply with (amongst other things) three key … Read more