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Festive Season Wishes and Office Closure

17 December 2017 - Firm News, Other News

As we draw close to the end of the year, we would like to thank you for your ongoing support of CIE Legal in 2017. Over the festive holiday period our office will be closed.

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Cold Storage: Landlord of retail premises ‘left out in the cold’

25 September 2017 - General Commercial, Leasing, Legal Updates

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.

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Thermomix feels the heat from the ACCC

13 July 2017 - Competition & Consumer Law, Legal Updates

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.

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ACCC takes action against Meriton for blocking negative customer reviews

15 December 2016 - Competition & Consumer Law, Legal Updates

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.

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ACCC has alleged Pastacup breached the Franchising Code of Conduct

4 October 2016 - Franchising, Legal Updates

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.

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