ACCC review slams food franchisors for failing franchisees

ACCC review slams food franchisors for failing franchisees

Food franchisors are yet again in the spotlight for their failings as the Australia Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) releases its latest review into the sector. The watchdog found that franchisors in the food services sector are providing inadequate information to potential franchisees. The report, Disclosure practices in fo...

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What will be the legacy of the Hayne Royal Commission?

What will be the legacy of the Hayne Royal Commission?

The Hayne Royal Commission into the banking and financial services industry uncovered plenty of ugliness about Australia's leading financial institutions. The institutions themselves are still dealing with the fallout of the Royal Commission; class actions, board spills, and "restructure" plans are abound this year. What...

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Phi Finney McDonald launches class action against LendLease

Phi Finney McDonald launches class action against LendLease

A second class action against property group Lendlease (ASX: LLC) has been launched by law firm Phi Finney McDonald. It follows a similar class action brought by Maurice Blackburn in April and relates to LendLease's underperforming engineering division. As alleged by Phi Finney McDonald, LendLease announced that it would need to w...

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ACCC alleges HealthEngine manipulated reviews, misused patient data

ACCC alleges HealthEngine manipulated reviews, misused patient data

Online health booking platform HealthEngine has responded to allegations levelled by the consumer watchdog that it manipulated reviews and misused patient data. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) commenced proceedings against HealthEngine, making allegations that the company engaged in misleading and deceptive condu...

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Qantas' stake in Alliance hits turbulence

Qantas' stake in Alliance hits turbulence

Qantas' (ASX: QAN) acquisition of a 20 per cent interest in Alliance Airlines (ASX: AQZ) has triggered alarm bells for the competition watchdog. In a statement released this morning, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) noted some red flags relating to certain transport routes only travelled by Qantas and Alliance...

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Former Leighton CFO to be given two years imprisonment for falsifying the books

Former Leighton CFO to be given two years imprisonment for falsifying the books

Peter Alan Gregg, a former CFO of Leighton Holdings (LHL), is looking at two years in jail for cooking the books. Gregg was found guilty in December 2018 after a five-week trial by jury for falsifying LHL's books. Meanwhile, former LHL executive Russell Waugh who was managing director at Leighton Welspun Contractors Pvt Ltd, was f...

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How to evaluate your accident or injury case

How to evaluate your accident or injury case

One of the first questions asked of accident and injury compensation lawyers is "what is the value of my claim?".  It is a fair question, and one that should be answered at the beginning of any compensation claim process. However, every case is different and there are a lot of variables to evaluate in an accident or inj...

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ACCC: Facebook and Google's power distorts companies' ability to compete

ACCC: Facebook and Google's power distorts companies' ability to compete

The long-awaited Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) report into the out-of-control growth and dominance of digital platforms has been released today, with the watchdog critical of giants Facebook and Google. The overarching theme of the report can be distilled into the ACCC not trusting the platforms to self-regulate, w...

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US Justice Department launches antitrust review of tech giants

US Justice Department launches antitrust review of tech giants

Tech giants like Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple are staring down the barrel of a US Department of Justice (DOJ) review into whether they are breaching antitrust laws. The DOJ announced its review into the tech giants overnight, with the focus of the review to look into whether and how market leading online platforms have achieved mark...

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M&As a hotbed for hackers and cybercriminals

M&As a hotbed for hackers and cybercriminals

With breaches of cybersecurity now one of the most looming threats for the sustainability of most Australian businesses, many are wondering how best to protect their operations. Simple things like regularly changing passwords and ensuring absolutely everybody changes them can go a mile towards strong cybersecurity Just see the case o...

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Wattle Health launches legal action against Indian importer

Wattle Health launches legal action against Indian importer

Organic infant food producer Wattle Health (ASX: WHA) has initiated legal action against an Indian importer for money owed. Wattle Health alleges baby food importer Vasudevan and Sons Exim Private (VSEP) has not provided the full bank guarantee to Wattle Health as required under a supply agreement. The pair entered into a supply agree...

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Aged care provider Estia Health taken to Federal Court in class action

Aged care provider Estia Health taken to Federal Court in class action

Aged care community operator Estia Health (ASX: EHE) has been served with a class action in the Federal Court of Australia. Law firm Phi Finney McDonald is acting on behalf of aggrieved shareholders, arguing Estia breached its continuous market disclosure obligations regarding the financial impact of its Kennedy Health Care (KHC) buyout. ...

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Retail Food Group brushes ASX concerns under the rug

Retail Food Group brushes ASX concerns under the rug

The franchise operator of Brumby's Bakery, Michel's Patisserie, and Gloria Jeans, Retail Food Group (ASX: RFG), has responded to the concerns of the ASX regarding a sudden and unexpected lift in shares last week. RFG said last week that the sudden lift in shares can be attributed to media speculation about its turnaround strategy....

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ASIC slams banks for "extremely poor" consumer credit insurance

ASIC slams banks for "extremely poor" consumer credit insurance

Australia's major banks have come under fire from the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) for the sale of consumer credit insurance (CCI) that has "consistently failed consumers". In its latest report on CCI, Report #622, ASIC says that CCI products sold by 11 of Australia's major banks are of poor val...

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Michael Hill announces bumper backpay for employees

Michael Hill announces bumper backpay for employees

Jewellery retailer Michael Hill (ASX: MHJ) has announced that it owes employees between $10 million and $25 million in remediation payments. The group discovered this remuneration discrepancy when conducting a review into its Australian retail employment contracts and rostering practices. The company says it was non-compliant with som...

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Dodo slammed with fine for false streaming claim

Dodo slammed with fine for false streaming claim

Internet service provider (ISP) Dodo has been hit with a $360,000 fine for overstating what its NBN service could achieve. The company, wholly owned by Vocus Group (ASX: VOC), has agreed to refund around 16,000 customers for claims that its entry-level NBN broadband plans were 'perfect for streaming'. The plans in question wer...

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Pokies giants Ainsworth and Aristocrat to duke it out in the Federal Court

Pokies giants Ainsworth and Aristocrat to duke it out in the Federal Court

Last Thursday one of Australia's major players in the world of pokies filed a claim in the Federal Court against its biggest rival. After months of preparation, Aristocrat Technologies Australia (ASX: ALL) has taken Ainsworth Game Technologies (ASX: AGI) to the Federal Court, alleging breach of copyright. The case revolves around ...

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Former Sirtex CEO pleads guilty to insider trading

Former Sirtex CEO pleads guilty to insider trading

The former CEO and director of biotech company Sirtex Medical, Gilman Edwin Wong (pictured), has pleaded guilty to one charge of insider trading. Wong was committed to the Sydney District Court for sentencing on a date to be fixed. The charge of insider trading relates to Wong's sale of 74,698 shares on 26 October 2016 while in po...

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Slater and Gordon files class action against AMP

Slater and Gordon files class action against AMP

Listed law firm Slater and Gordon (ASX: SGH) has launched a class action law suit against AMP (ASX: AMP) for allegedly charging customers excessive fees. Slater and Gordon alleges that, through arrangements entered into with related parties, trustees AMP Super and NM Super paid too much to related AMP entities for administration services....

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Afterpay founders vow to stand by the company amid AUSTRAC audit

Afterpay founders vow to stand by the company amid AUSTRAC audit

The founders of buy-now pay-later fintech Afterpay Touch Group (ASX: APT) have voiced their commitment to the business, vowing to hold onto their shares. Nick Molnar (pictured right) and Anthony Eisen (left), co-founders of the company, recently cashed out of the company to the tune of $103.5 million, just three trading days after the fin...

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Hacker given three-year jail term for insider trading

Hacker given three-year jail term for insider trading

A Melbourne man has been sentenced to three years imprisonment after hacking a financial publisher's system and engaging in insider trading. IT consultant Steven Oakes today pleaded guilty to 11 charges of insider trading, unauthorised access to data with the intention to commit a serious offence, and the alteration of electronic devi...

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ASIC takes Former Murray Goulburn execs to court

ASIC takes Former Murray Goulburn execs to court

The corporate watchdog has taken former executives of dairy group Murray Goulburn (ASX: MGC) to the Federal Court over alleged breaches of the Corporations Act. Former managing director Gary Helou and former CFO Bradley Hingle will face the Federal Court over their alleged involvement in Murray Goulburn's failure to disclose to the AS...

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The plot thickens in Zip Co and Firstmac's trademark dispute

The plot thickens in Zip Co and Firstmac's trademark dispute

It is fast becoming a case of 'he said, she said' as the trademark infringement allegations levelled at Zip Co develop. When the proceedings were lodged yesterday by Firstmac Zip Co came out swinging, saying that Firstmac is only now choosing to launch proceedings against it, despite Zip Co using the phrase in question, 'ZIP...

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Phi Finney McDonald launches class action against Domino's alleging staff were underpaid

Phi Finney McDonald launches class action against Domino's alleging staff were underpaid

A class action law suit has been launched by Phi Finney McDonald, alleging Domino's Pizza (ASX: DMP) underpaid delivery drivers and in-store workers. The law firm is looking for expressions of interest in its class action against the Australian pizza giant on behalf of employees employed between 24 June 2013 and 24 January 2018. P...

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Zip Co embroiled in trademark dispute

Zip Co embroiled in trademark dispute

Home loan provider Firstmac is taking digital finance and payments company Zip Co (ASX: Z1P) to Federal Court over a trademark dispute. Firstmac alleges that Zip Co has infringed its trademark 'ZIP' which is registered in respect of 'financial affairs', specifically home loans. Zip Co has engaged Corrs Chambers Westgar...

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AP Eagers and AHG merger raises red flag for watchdog

AP Eagers and AHG merger raises red flag for watchdog

The possibility for localised anti-competitive impacts following the proposed merger of two of Australia's largest car dealers has raised a red flag for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ('ACCC'). AP Eagers (ASX: APE) and Automotive Holdings Group (ASX: AHG) are currently in the final stages of a proposed merg...

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Murray Goulburn settles one of two class actions for $42 million

Murray Goulburn settles one of two class actions for $42 million

Murray Goulburn (ASX: MGC) has settled one of its class actions, known as the Endeavour River class action, for $42 million. Slater and Gordon launched the suit on 16 August 2018, acting on behalf of aggrieved Murray Goulburn shareholders who the firm argued suffered losses at the hands of misleading and deceptive conduct. The key all...

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Australian Family Lawyers heads north with first acquisition since listing

Australian Family Lawyers heads north with first acquisition since listing

Australian Family Lawyers (ASX: AFL) is going full throttle as a listed law firm, notching its first acquisition since listing on the ASX in early June. The company has acquired Nita Stratton Funk & Associates Solicitors, marking its foray into the Queensland legal market. AFL will pay $300,000 in cash for the Queensland firm, whi...

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Atlassian to fix outdated, inefficient and combative M&A process

Atlassian to fix outdated, inefficient and combative M&A process

When a big player comes knocking wanting to buy your startup it might seem too good to be true. The wad of cash being waved in your face might prove irresistible and that's understandable; you've worked for years to get to where you are right now, and you damn well deserve that payout. But big businesses know that M&A is a...

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Facebook launches crypto project but obstacles abound

Facebook launches crypto project but obstacles abound

Facebook Inc announced ambitious plans on Tuesday to launch a new global cryptocurrency called Libra, part of an effort to expand into digital payments that immediately raised privacy concerns. The social networking giant has linked with 28 partners including Mastercard, PayPal and Uber to form Libra Association, a Geneva-based entity gov...

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