As reported in a recent ACCC Media Release, the Federal Court has made orders that Colgate-Palmolive Pty Ltd (Colgate) pay total penalties of $18 million for contraventions of the Trade Practices Act 1974 (now known as the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)) (the Act), following admissions by Colgate in proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
The Tasmanian Government has committed to phasing out suspended sentences by the end of this year by adopting recommendations from a model developed by the Sentencing Advisory Council. The model involves replacing suspended sentences with a range of options, including home detention, alcohol and drug treatment orders, and a new intermediate sanction called a “community correction order” (CCO).
In a recent decision handed down by Justice Gilmour, the Federal Court has declared that a number of terms in Europcar Australia’s 2013 Standard Rental Agreement to be unfair, and therefore void, in proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in ACCC v CLA Trading Pty Ltd  FCA 377. Europcar was also ordered to pay a penalty of $100,000 for making false or misleading representations about consumers’ liability in the event of vehicle damage.
The Tasmanian Parliament, earlier this month, introduced the Supreme Court Amendment (Judges) Bill 2016 into the Legislative Assembly. The Bill was introduced by the Premier, Mr. William Hodgman, and sets out to amend the Supreme Court Act 1887 and the Supreme Court Act 1959. The principal purpose of the Bill is to provide for the appointment and payment of acting judges on a part time basis.
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