Franchising / Reports and Inquiries / Unconscionable Conduct

Expert panel on franchising and unconscionable conduct appointed

The Government has appointed an expert panel on franchising and unconscionable conduct.  Dr Craig Emerson MP today announced the establishment of the expert panel.  The expert panel comprises Professor Bryan Horrigan, Mr David Lieberman and Mr Ray Steinwall. ‘The panel will provide advice to the Government on some outstanding issues raised in recent parliamentary inquiries … Continue reading

Franchising / Reports and Inquiries / Unconscionable Conduct

Unconscionable conduct provisions to be strengthened

The Government has announced that it will strengthen unconscionable conduct provisions in the TPA and the franchise code of conduct.  The Government has accepted the Senate Committee’s recommendations of the majority report, including adopting the ‘approach of clarifying existing provisions rather than creating uncertainty for consumers, businesses and the courts by changing the fundamental nature … Continue reading

Consumer Protection / Unfair Terms

Roll out of national unfair terms laws to be postponed

The Government is proposing an amendment to the Trade Practices Amendment (Australian Consumer Law) Bill 2009 that would delay the introduction of the proposed national unfair terms laws by at least 6 months. See alert from Mallesons Stephen Jaques for more details See also Alert and Summary from Allens Arthur Robinson See also the Government’s … Continue reading