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EasyMeals – ACCC cracks down on misleading health claims

22 September 2016 - Competition & Consumer Law, Legal Updates, Marketing & Advertising

A Court enforceable undertaking offered by EasyMeals to the ACCC demonstrates that businesses which advertise food and health products to consumers must be vigilant to avoid making misleading claims about the health benefits of their products.

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Franchisor fined $3.55 million for misleading and deceiving franchisees

11 September 2016 - Franchising, Legal Updates

The Federal Court recently handed down a fine of $3.55 million to a franchisor, as well as individual fines to the directors and company officeholders, who were found to have engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct. The severity of these penalties highlights the importance of ensuring disclosure documents and franchise agreements are factually accurate and compliant with the Franchising Code of Conduct. Failure to comply can result in heavy penalties being imposed on both the franchisor and the individuals involved.

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How to Register a Trade Mark for Your Business – and why

16 May 2016 - Intellectual Property, Legal Updates

Are you looking to set your business apart? Have you invested a lot of time and money in your brand and want to protect it? Trademark registration may be the way to go. Whilst there is no legal requirement to register a logo, business, company or domain name as a trade mark, there are many important benefits to doing so.

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Unsuccessful franchisee class action against Pizza Hut

3 May 2016 - Franchising, Legal Updates

The Federal Court recently dismissed a class action by 190 Pizza Hut franchisees, who alleged that a pricing strategy adopted by the franchisor (Yum!) in July 2014 constituted breach of contract, negligence and unconscionable conduct.

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Work Safe, Work Smart

18 April 2016 - Legal Updates, Workplace Safety

WorkCover insurance is provided by the Victorian WorkCover Authority (VWA), and is compulsory for the majority of businesses. Whilst the VWA calculates the relevant premium payable by your business, a review of the workplace industry classification nominated by the VWA could result in a reduction in your premium and a saving to your business.

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