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Asahi’s $16B deal to buy CUB gets competition approval with sell-off
Corporate April 1, 2020 2:27 pm By Christine Caulfield

The competition watchdog has signed off on the $16 billion acquisition of Carlton & United Breweries by Asahi after the Japanese beer giant offered to […]

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Barristers to robe up at home for trial by videochat in ACCC case against Kogan
Competition & Consumer Protection April 1, 2020 11:44 am By Miklos Bolza

Barristers for the ACCC and online retailer Kogan have been asked to robe up at home as the previously in-person trial shifts to videochat in response to the COVID-19 health crisis.

Law firm investigates class action against opioid makers
Class Actions March 31, 2020 12:28 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

The makers or popular opioid drugs like OxyContin and Fentanyl may face a class action in Australia by consumers who allege they suffered financial loss from the addictive drugs.

TasPorts slams ACCC case, says extra fees don’t amount to misuse of market power
Competition & Consumer Protection March 31, 2020 12:52 pm By Miklos Bolza

Tasmanian state-owned ports company TasPorts has admitted to charging additional fees to the owner of a local port, but has denied the ACCC’s allegations that these actions constituted a misuse of market power designed to stymie competition.

ACCC approves Bunnings’ takeover of Adelaide Tools
Competition & Consumer Protection March 31, 2020 2:25 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has found Bunnings’ $30 million takeover of Adelaide Tools and Oaklands Mower Centre would not substantially lessen competition, but warned it would closely scrutinise future moves that would further cement the hardware giant’s dominant position.

Group members to get policy cancellation info in NAB insurance class action settlement
Class Actions March 30, 2020 9:02 pm By Alison Eveleigh

A judge overseeing a class action against National Australia Bank over ‘junk insurance’ has ordered that potential group members be given information about cancelling the […]

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Canberra developers settle apartment owners’ class action over $6.3M in GST
Class Actions March 30, 2020 1:04 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

The developers behind the Governor Place residential complex in Canberra have reached a settlement in a class action by aparment owners seeking $6.3 million in […]

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Competition and consumer law amid the pandemic: Your guide to avoiding viral confusion
Expert Insights March 30, 2020 10:40 pm By Christine Caulfield

Depending on your industry, you may have already been impacted by the effects of COVID-19, for example, by a spike in the number of customers […]

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7-Eleven class actions mull contempt motion after losing appeal over franchisee communications
Class Actions March 27, 2020 3:25 pm By Miklos Bolza

The lead applicants in two class actions against 7-Eleven are considering bringing a contempt of court motion against the convenience store giant after the Full […]

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ACCC to ease off compulsory exams in response to COVID-19
Competition & Consumer Protection March 27, 2020 10:51 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will scale back its use of certain investigatory tools, such as compulsory examinations, amid the strain on Australian businesses […]

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