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ACCC v Origin Energy Electricity Limited [2015] FCA 278: Origin To Pay $2 Million For Unlawful Door-To-Door Sales Tactics

Tuesday 31 March 2015 @ 9.19 a.m. | Legal Research | Trade & Commerce

In the case of ACCC v Origin Energy Electricity Limited [2015] FCA 278 (27 March 2015), the Federal Court has ordered Origin Energy Electricity Limited (Origin) to pay $2 million in penalties in relation to unlawful door-to-door selling practices in proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). The Court also ordered Origin’s marketing company, SalesForce Australia Pty Ltd (SalesForce), to pay $325,000 in penalties.

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Bevilacqua v Telco Business Solutions (Watergardens) PL (Human Rights) [2015] VCAT 269: Tribunal Finds In Favour of Employee

Friday 27 March 2015 @ 9.45 a.m. | Industrial Law | Legal Research

In the recent case of Bevilacqua v Telco Business Solutions (Watergardens) PL (Human Rights) [2015] VCAT 269 (11 March 2015), a Victorian worker has won a civil lawsuit against her employer after the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) found she was discriminated against for having morning sickness.

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Australian Companies, Foreign Bribery: Government Strengthens Legislation

Thursday 26 March 2015 @ 12.15 p.m. | Corporate & Regulatory | Crime | Legal Research

Recently (19 March 2015), the Australian government's Minister for Justice Mr Michael Keenan (the Minister) introduced into the parliament the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Powers, Offences and Other Measures) Bill 2015 (Cth) (the Bill) which, among other measures, contained as the Minister said in his speech to the House of Representatives:

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Renewed Interest in Family Violence Across Jurisdictions

Tuesday 24 March 2015 @ 12.21 p.m. | Legal Research

In the past few months, the Federal Parliament has been handed its report from the Parliamentary Committee into Domestic Violence. Joining them, the new Queensland Government has been delivered recommendations from their domestic violence taskforce and the new Victorian Government has already announced a Royal Commission into Family Violence. Below are explanations of these initiatives and what is driving the push for a national agenda to tackle family violence.

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Findings Of The ACCC Small Business Report

Tuesday 24 March 2015 @ 10.12 a.m. | Legal Research | Trade & Commerce

According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (the ACCC) latest small business report – Small Business in Focus - the ACCC reports that it has been contacted by more than 7,000 individuals with complaints and enquiries about small businesses and franchising during the period of July-December 2014.

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