ACCC commences proceedings against Meta for scam crypto ads on Facebook

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The ACCC has commenced proceedings in the Federal Court against Meta Platforms, Inc. and Meta Platforms Ireland Limited, alleging that these entities are liable for scam advertisements published by third parties on Facebook. The proceedings The ACCC alleges that Meta Platforms, Inc. and Meta Platforms Ireland Limited: engaged in false, misleading or deceptive conduct by… Read more »

Peters Ice Cream served up a $12 million penalty for anti-competitive conduct

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In line with the ACCC’s new enforcement priorities, Peters Ice Cream has been penalised $12 million after admitting to engaging in exclusive dealing with a major transport provider. Following the commencement of proceedings by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Australasian Food Group (trading as Peters Ice Cream) has been penalised $12 million by… Read more »

FWC’s new anti-sexual-harassment jurisdiction: When will the Fair Work Commission grant an order to stop sexual harassment and workplace bullying?

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Sexual harassment claims are becoming increasingly prevalent in workplaces and, only late last year, amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) extended the ambit of the Commission’s anti-bullying jurisdiction to include instances of workplace sexual harassment. The nature of this jurisdiction was examined in the case of Application by Ranmeet Kaur [2022] FWC 487…. Read more »

An employer can breach their duty of care by allowing an employee to repetitively turn their head when operating machinery

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In the New South Wales District Court, Judge Russell dismissed Mr Cavanagh’s claim for injuries arising from his employment with Manning Valley Race Club. Mr Cavanagh claimed that he had suffered a serious cervical spine and right shoulder injury while working as a course manager for Manning Valley Race Club at the Bushland Drive Racecourse… Read more »

Minister extends the currency and completion periods for development approvals in Queensland for the third time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic

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On 29 April 2022, the Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning issued a Notice extending the currency and completion periods of current development approvals under the Planning Act 2016 by a further 12 months. The Notice applies to all development approvals current as at 29 April 2022, as well as those granted… Read more »

‘Cartel’ and ‘conduct’: warning for businesses entering agreements relating to keyword advertising

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Australian businesses should note the New Zealand High Court’s recent finding that competitors entering agreements to minimise competition in relation to keyword advertising risk being penalised for cartel conduct. In December 2021, the New Zealand High Court found that consumer finance company Moola.co.nz Limited engaged in cartel conduct. The conduct involved Moola entering agreements with… Read more »

Domestic violence – new legislation to be introduced to make coercive control a criminal offence in Queensland

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Today, the Queensland Government advised that it will introduce legislation to classify coercive control as a criminal offence. The Government aims to achieve this by the end of 2023. The Government has issued a press release advising that they are taking this historic step to address the emerging finding that coercive control is one of… Read more »