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Welcome to this issue of Competition and Consumer Update, our annual review of key developments and decisions in competition and consumer law. In this issue, we:

  • Highlight recent changes to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and the Australian Consumer Law that substantially increase maximum penalties for contraventions of the competition and consumer laws and extend the unfair contract terms regime, including the introduction of penalties for using or relying on unfair contract terms.
  • Review the focus areas and activities of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for the year.
  • Outline decisions of the courts in 2022 on unfair contract terms, misleading and deceptive conduct, consumer guarantees, “payment without service”, cartel conduct, exclusive dealing, bid rigging, and product safety and recalls.

We hope you find this review helpful and entertaining.

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