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Landlords and tenants are on high alert following the decision of the Victorian Court of Appeal in IMCC Group Pty Ltd v CB Cold Storage Pty Ltd (2017) (‘Cold Storage’). The Court has affirmed the earlier decision of the Supreme Court which found against the landlord and held that the Retail Leases Act 2003 (Vic) (‘Act’) did apply to a lease of warehouse premises.
The ACCC has issued proceedings in the Federal Court against Thermomix In Australia Pty Ltd (Thermomix), alleging it contravened several provisions of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) in relation to its Thermomix appliances.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued Federal Court proceedings against Meriton Property Services Pty Ltd, trading as “Meriton Serviced Apartments’ (Meriton), alleging that Meriton deliberately prevented particular customers from being given the opportunity to provide reviews of their services on TripAdvisor.
The revised Franchising Code of Conduct, which commenced on 1 January 2015, requires franchisors to disclose their officers’ relevant business experience and allows for financial penalties of up to $54,000 for serious breaches. These amendments were introduced to ensure the protection of small businesses – whose owner’s life savings are often on the line.