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In an opinion article published in today’s edition of The Australian, Zaven Mardirossian and Matthew Lees outline changes to draft legislation on misuse of market power that would ensure the new law protects pro-competitive conduct.
Arnold Bloch Leibler partner Matthew Lees said that while the Productivity Commission’s (PC) draft report on Australia’s Intellectual Property Arrangements considered it unnecessary, the firm supports retaining an IP exception to the strict ‘per se’ rules of competition law.
Parliament has finally passed the competition law reforms recommended by the Competition Policy Review (“Harper Review”) in 2015.
The changes are the most significant to competition law in more than two decades.
ABL was given the opportunity to make a submission in response to the Competition Review Policy Draft Report.
The Draft Report recommends a number of important changes, including some of the recommendations put forward by the firm.
To understand better the reasons for this uncertainty, this article written by ABL Partner, Matthew Lees, traces the history of civil penalties in Eng...
The new laws prohibiting “unfair” terms in standard form contracts come into force on 12 November 2016.
It follows on from the submissions made last year on the Review's draft report and issues paper.
Arnold Bloch Leibler was invited to make a submission after being identified by Treasury as a key stakeholder in the consultation process to extend the current consumer unfair contract terms regime to protect small businesses.
This submission was made on behalf of Arnold Bloch Leibler's competition practice in response to the ACCC's media release dated 9 April 2014, announcing the release of the ACCC's Draft lmmunity and Cooperation Policy for Cartel Conduct and Draft Frequently Asked Questions.
Uncertainty surrounding the procedural protections that apply in civil penalty proceedings creates real difficulties for practitioners and litigants.
The early storylines were developed and expanded, with assistance from the Corrective Services Department.