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Airlines fined for drip pricing

Leading Australian airlines, Jetstar and Virgin, have been fined hundreds of thousands of dollars for drip pricing, breaching the Australian Consumer Law, following 2015 proceedings brought by the ACCC in the Federal Court.  The case against Jetstar and Virgin In Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v Jetstar Airways Pty Limited [2015] FCA 1263, the Australian...
Data breach! Update to Australian privacy law
In our increasingly online economy, data breaches are an unfortunate reality for all businesses, and a threat to consumer privacy and safety. A data breach is essentially any intentional or unintentional release of secure or private or confidential information to an untrusted environment. Now, the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill 2016 (‘the Amendment) will...
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Social influencers, brands and agencies: AANA announce update to advertising laws
Clearly Distinguishable Advertising: The AANA pronouncement and the legal impact on brands, agencies & social influencers. It is evident from a casual gaze through social pages or comms industry commentary that brands are increasingly turning to ‘social influencers’ to promote their products through online social channels, with the intent of influencing consumer purchasing decisions in...
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ACCC bares its teeth for Christmas in wake of misleading advertisements
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (‘ACCC’) has celebrated the start of the holiday season with another high-profile win, again reminding advertisers of the risks associated with running misleading advertisements. The ACCC has recently taken on large market players such as Reckitt Benckiser, ANZ Bank and Macquarie Bank, which have been ordered to pay sizeable...
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Dulux’s claims about cooling benefits of its paint products found to be misleading
Dulux has been ordered to pay a pecuniary penalty of $400,000 for advertising misleading claims that paint products reduced the interior temperature of homes in Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v DuluxGroup (Australia) Pty Limited (No 2) [2016] FCA 1286. In the final proceedings to the action brought by the ACCC against DuluxGroup (Australia) Pty...
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Google still searching for copyright safe harbour provision
In an environment where large technology companies strive to satisfy and prosper from consumers’ insatiable appetite for online media, companies like eBay and Google have been campaigning for the copyright safe harbour provision to be extended to their technology platforms. The copyright safe harbour provision currently protects internet service providers and Telcos like Telstra and...
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IMDB suing California Attorney General to invalidate Actor Age Censorship Law
The topic of age discrimination has been brought to light in the past few years in Hollywood. Big names in the industry like Meryl Streep have lamented that once women have passed childbearing age they “could only be seen as grotesque on some level.” In response to these concerns, the State of California passed Assembly...
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