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The Federal Court has decided that adding imported ingredients to capsules in Australia does not allow the manufacturer to properly claim they are "Australian-made". It rejected the Nature's Care  company's argument that their capsules were "substantially transformed" by the addition of imported...

Fitness First Australia has paid a $12,600 penalty to the ACCC  for breaching the excessive surcharge provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act. Fitness First had imposed a 50 cent surcharge on $46 fortnightly memberships paid using credit and debit cards, between December 2017 and April...

A fly-in/fly-out truckie, having worked 4 years at a large Queensland mine site, where his work consisted of 12 hour shifts on a 7 days on/7 days off roster at a flat hourly rate,  successfully applied  to the Federal Court-supported by the CFMEU- for paid leave exceeding $20,000. According to...

ACCC Chairman Sims has given a strong indication that he wants power to prosecute companies over unfair contract terms. In a recent speech, he lamented the lack of an offence for including unfair contract terms and the ACCC's inability to impose penalties if such terms are declared void in a civil...

In its last gasp under Prime Minister Turnbull, Parliament passed legislation to substantially increase penalties for breach of the Australian Consumer Law. For individuals who breach, the maximum penalty rises from $220,000 to $500,000 per breach. For companies that breach, the maximum...

The Federal Court has imposed a $2.25 million penalty on Heinz Australia for a claim that its 'Little Kids Shredz' products -containing almost 66 per cent sugar-were 'beneficial' for the health of young children. The Court decided that Heinz' nutritionists should have realised that such an...

The Federal Court has imposed a $3 million fine on Meriton for misleading/deceptive conduct, shown by them trying to 'frustrate' adverse reviews on 'Tripadvisor' about their serviced apartments . Its management were found to have directed staff to 'mask' email addresses of negative reviewers-as...

  Our Federal Court has decided that just because your iPhone or iPad was repaired by someone other than Apple, this doesn't mean that you lose the benefit of the ACL consumer guarantees. Apple had told at least 275 Australian customers, whose  i Phones were disabled after downloading...

2 heavy weight drug companies recently locked horns in the Federal Court over one company's claim that its pain-killer drug gave superior results to the other's. GlaxoSmithKline Aust took on Reckitt Benckiser Aust over its claim that its Nurofen (active ingredient ibuprofen) gave "faster and more...

The ex-CEO of Australian Bight Abalone (ABA), has been found guilty by the South Australian District Court on 17 counts of providing false or misleading information to ABA's Board and prospective investors, in particular relating to its abalone harvesting prospects. ABA was Australia's largest...