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Potential ACCC Relaxtion in the Time of Covid-19

Posted by Elizabeth Gore-Jones on 29 March 2020

The focus of the law can change so quickly in a crisis.

The ACCC released a press release on 27 March 2020 which reflected just that.

Whilst we are far from a lawless nation, these relaxations are sensible and will hopefully help to save businesses from teetering over the edge.

Game Changer:  potential authorisations to allow competitors to coordinate - this is usually unlawful

What's in:

  • efforts to stop businesses seeking to exploit the crisis causing harm to consumers or enhancing their position
  • internal ACCC Covid-19 taskforce helping businesess understand cancellations, refunds and suspension of services
  • raising awareness about scammers
  • product safety

What's out:

  • Price gouging - not illegal but maybe unconscionable or misleading
  • excessive pricing for petrol, energy and communications
  • regulatory burden - they will be minimising notices for production of information and compulsory examination

Disclaimer: This blog is not legal advice.  You should seek legal advice for your circumstances.

Author: Elizabeth Gore-Jones
About: Elizabeth specialises in franchising law. She lectures at Bond University PLA in franchising, she sits on the Queensland Law Society Franchising Committee, she is a past member of the Women in Franchising committee and a past member of the Franchise Council of Australia.
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