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ACCC chair Gina Cass-Gottlieb starts her term today


The ACCC has a new chair as competition lawyer Gina Cass-Gottlieb takes up the hot seat today, replacing outgoing Rod Sims who has been in the role since 2011. Cass-Gottlieb begins her

New ACCC chair named to replace Rod Sims


Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has named competition and antitrust litigator Gina Cass-Gottlieb as the incoming chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Frydenberg announced on Tuesday that Cass-Gottlieb will

Holden Australia’s behaviour to dealers a lesson for franchisors, says ACCC chair


ACCC Chair Rod Sims has cautioned franchisors to avoid the behaviour shown by Holden towards its Australian dealers just before and after the company’s withdrawal from the Australian market. “The way Holden withdrew from

Class exemption gives franchisees rein to collectively bargain with franchisors


Franchisees and fuel retailers can now engage in collective bargaining with franchisors and suppliers on a voluntary basis without needing to worry about a possible competition law breach. It’s been made

Megasave Couriers penalised $1.9m for misleading franchise buyers


Megasave Couriers Australia Pty Ltd is to pay $1.9 million in penalties for making false or misleading representations to prospective franchisees. The firm’s sole director Gary Bourne has also been ordered

Franchising still an ACCC priority in 2021


Franchising may not be the top priority for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission this year but it’s still on the list of concerns. In his annual address to Committee

RFG will face court over alleged unconscionable conduct


The ACCC is taking Retail Food Group to federal court over “unconscionable and misleading conduct” toward its own franchisees. The consumer group alleges RFG made false representations in its dealings

Back in Motion removes allegedly unfair terms from franchise agreement


Back in Motion is to remove allegedly unfair terms from its franchise agreement after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission raised concerns about certain clauses. The physiotherapy group has admitted

ACCC calls out franchisor non-compliance in 3 cases


On the back of the franchise parliamentary report in 2019 the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission identified the franchising sector as one of its 2020 Compliance and Enforcement Priorities.  So

ACCC takes Megasave Couriers to court for allegedly misleading franchisees


Aussie franchisor Megasave Couriers and sole director Gary Bourne are in hot water for allegedly misleading franchise buyers about guaranteed income. The ACCC is alleging that Megasave Couriers Australia falsely