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Friday, 21 November 2014

ACCC launches court action against EnergyAustralia and Bright Choice Australia; Myer chief calls for closure of GST loopholes: Midday roundup

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has launched proceedings against EnergyAustralia and its telemarketing company Bright Choice Australia for allegedly making false and misleading representations and engaging in deceptive conduct. by Broede Carmody
 

Productivity Commission to probe entry and exit barriers for small business

The federal government has launched an inquiry into the barriers to setting up and closing businesses in Australia. by Broede Carmody
 

Airbnb rolls out $US1 million liability insurance for accommodation hosts

Airbnb has rolled out an additional liability insurance program that will provide up to $US1 million ($1.16 million) worth of protection to Airbnb hosts for their listings in the US. by Kye White
 

Friday, 21 November 2014

Peter Drake's collapsed investment company LM faces ASIC over Gold Coast development loans

Legal action has commenced against collapsed Gold Coast-based LM Investment Management Limited founder Peter Charles Drake and other former directors, over the lending of funds for a Gold Coast development. by Jennifer Duke
 

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Retirement village business cops fine from Fair Work for $2.5 million underpayment

An Adelaide business which underpaid 46 employees more than $2.5 million has been fined $196,000 in the Federal Court. by Cara Waters
 

A hairy situation: Small business wins costs but has to pay penalties after long-running case with the ACCC

Haircare products importer Dateline Imports has been fined $85,000 but has been awarded costs by the Federal Court following a long-running legal action by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. by Andrew Sadauskas
 

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Chemist Warehouse accused of misleading consumers with “normal price”

Discount pharmacy chain Chemist Warehouse has come under fire from industry groups, which have accused the company of misleading consumers by printing a “normal price” and the amount a customer has apparently saved on store receipts. by Eloise Keating
 

Dead wrong: $100,000 fine for funeral home over misleading claims

One of Australia’s largest funeral companies has been hit with a $102,000 penalty for misleading customers about its contracts. by Kirsten Robb
 

Monday, 17 November 2014

Sexual assault could sink former fish farm as owner jailed for seven months

A well-known amusement park in regional Victoria is at risk of closure after its owner was last week sentenced to seven months in jail for the sexual assault of a former teenage employee. by Eloise Keating
 
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