Excessive credit card fees will soon be unlawful

Excessive credit card fees to the axe, come 1 September

With the passage of the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Payment Surcharges) Bill 2015 (Cth), “a corporation must not, in trade or commerce, charge a payment surcharge that is excessive” from 1 September 2016. Dean Frith, of Baker Love Lawyers in Newcastle, writes that "the ACCC now ...
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The VW class action concerns the so-called "defeat devices" fitted to VW and Audi motor vehicles sold in Australia.

Sydney firm launches first VW class action in Australia

Sydney law firm Bannister Law has brought the first class action in Australia against the Volkswagen and Audi car manufacturers for programming their diesel vehicles to defeat emissions standards. The action, commenced last month in the Federal Court, relates to the use of so-called “defeat ...
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The ACCC's case concerned payment fees applied by the airlines for using a credit card.

Jetstar and Virgin Australia breached Australian Consumer Law with drip pricing conduct

The Federal Court ruled yesterday, on 17 November 2015, that airlines Jetstar and Virgin Australia had engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct with 'drip pricing' behaviour.  Drip pricing, according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, is "where a headline price is advertised at the beginning of ...
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Dr Janice Duffy, who represented herself, has vindicated the right to clear one's name with Google under Australian law. At least, for now (the decision is subject to appeal). Source: www.drjaniceduffy.com

How hard is it to clear your name on Google?

What do you do if Google links to content about you that is offensive, untrue and causes other people to think less of you? How do you clear your name on Google? A recent court decision in South Australia has clarified the issue, holding that ...
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ANZ gets a partial win in bank fees case

ANZ gets a partial win in bank fees case

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 The Federal Court has struck out part of a bank fees class action brought  by consumers against the ANZ. The claimants have alleged that certain bank fees charged by ANZ are illegal penalties under Australian law. Some 34,000 consumers, who compose ...
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