Tag Archives: Trade Practices Act

ACCC executes perfect hit on Telstra, Optus and Vodafone

After months of secret negotiations, Telstra, Optus & Voda have rolled over and ‘offered’ ACCC a court enforceable undertaking … equivalent to court injunctions … to stamp out false advertising in the broadband and telephony industry. When legal advisers warn second and … Continue reading

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Senate Committee rubber stamps draft unfair contracts law

The Senate Standing Committee on Economics has received, and noted, strong submissions that part of the proposed new unfair contracts law can’t be right.  But so what ?  The Committee majority finds no fault with the reasoning of law Professor … Continue reading

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Bank of Queensland finances telco scam

Finance companies are racing against time to squeeze money out of Australian small businesses before a major Federal Court case shows that their contracts are unenforceable. Two separate groups of telco companies promoted the notorious telco equipment / finance / servces bundling … Continue reading

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SMS spammers suffer ‘no show’ judgment

We reported in January 2009 that ACMA had launched legal action against a bunch of companies and individuals alleged to be involved in an illegal SMS spam racket. Five of the respondents to the Federal Court action have failed to … Continue reading

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Spot Check: Are your price reduction ads putting you at risk?

NEW mobile phone!! WAS $399 NOW $199!! BRAND NEW phone!!  $199 – SAVE over 50%!! Ads that show ‘two price’ or ‘was / now’ pricing are common, effective and legal … provided they’re not misleading. There are special rules about … Continue reading

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Optus toughens up mobile contract

Last December Optus incurred customer wrath, effectively torpedoing mobile access to cheap international VoIP services by charging them at international rates.  At the time, Optus insisted that: International calls within the meaning of your Optus Mobile Standard Form of Agreement for all … Continue reading

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ACCC hauls Optus into Federal Court

In the latest action in its war on trade practices non-compliance in the telco sector, ACCC has taken Federal Court action against a wholly owned subsidiary of Optus Mobile Pty Ltd. Prepaid Services Pty Ltd supplies phone cards that are … Continue reading

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Component pricing seminar notes available

Seminar notes from today’s popular ‘Component Pricing Law’ seminar at Logie-Smith Lanyon Lawyers are now available for download. Delivered in our trademark style … plain english guaranteed … the seminar offered practical and expert insights into living harmoniously with the … Continue reading

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Consumer Bill’s bonkers bit

There’s an element in the proposed national unfair contract terms law that: isn’t in the Productivity Commission report that recommended the new law isn’t in the Victorian law that is already in force in Victoria isn’t in the United Kingdom … Continue reading

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National consumer law Bill hits Parliament

On 24 June 2009, the Government introduced the Australian Consumer Law Bill into Parliament.  It represents the biggest shake up of Australian consumer law in a long time. From 1 January 2010, the Government intends that we’ll have a national … Continue reading

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