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Competition and Consumer Law Noticeboard March 2021: Miller’s 43rd edition now available

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Thomson Reuters is pleased to announce the release of the 43rd edition of Miller’s Competition and Consumer Law Annotated into the market. Miller’s provides the full text of the Competition and Consumer Act with Russell Miller’s expert insight into how its sections operate.

Miller's 43rd edition offers practitioners, in-house counsel, academics and students the latest guide to competition and consumer law with judicial interpretation and practical information, current to 1 January 2021. This edition includes over 300 updates to annotations and 92 new annotation paragraphs, incorporating over 100 new court decisions and 50 new ACCC cases.

The highlights of this edition are:

  • Consumer rights – increased monetary threshold for the application of the Australian Consumer Law from $40,000 to $100,000 with effect from 1 July 2021.
  • Consumer protection: electricity industry – annotations of the new prohibited conduct regime which came into effect on 10 June 2020.
  • Cartels Country Care Group Pty Ltd v Director of Public Prosecutions (Cth) [2020] FCAFC 30 clarifying the law on aiding and abetting attempted cartel conduct.
  • PenaltiesACCC v Geowash Pty Ltd (No 4) [2020] FCA 23 explaining the “same conduct” penalty rule when two penalty regimes are involved, and ACCC v Medibank Private Ltd [2020] FCA 1030 on the “course of conduct” principle.
  • Damages – the latest High Court decision, Berry v CCL Secure Pty Ltd [2020] HCA 27, explaining the approach to assessing damages for value of the lost opportunity.
  • MergersACCC v Pacific National Pty Ltd [2020] FCAFC 77, the latest Full Court decision on mergers.
  • Consumer protectionACCC v TPG Internet Pty Ltd [2020] FCAFC 130, in which a Full Court reassessing the "significant" or "substantial" proportion of persons requirement to establish the relevant class of the public is likely to be misled.
  • Franchising Code – extended, with effect from 1 June 2020, to include provisions a specific to new vehicles dealerships.
  • Food and Grocery Code - updated with effect from 3 October 2020, on Graeme Samuel AC’s recommendations as the Independent Review of the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct.
  • Consumer Data Right Rules – incorporated these rules into the book for ready reference.
  • Media Bargaining Code – included discussion on the controversial proposal for a mandatory news media bargaining code. See also the latest Media & Privacy Law and Intellectual Property & Technology Law Noticeboard posts regarding the News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code as passed by Parliament.
The Competition and Consumer Law Practice area is comprehensively covered by our subscription services, journals and newsletters that are essential resources for keeping pace with legislative and case law developments in this area. Thomson Reuters offers two key subscription publications: Miller's Australian Competition and Consumer Law Annotated and Trade Practices Law – Competition and Consumer Law; and an innovative journal, Australian Journal of Competition & Consumer Law. Our premium news service Alert24 provides daily alerts to your inbox – keeping you abreast of legislative, case and news developments. The Competition and Consumer Law Noticeboard is specifically geared for specialists in the area and will deliver news items of interest and significance written and curated by in-house editors. To subscribe to the Competition and Consumer Law Practice Area on Westlaw, contact Thomson Reuters.
Lalitha Vyamajala
By Lalitha Vyamajala
Senior Content Manager

Lalitha is a Senior Content Manager in the Analytical Law Team at Thomson Reuters and manages a range of subscription products and books including Miller’s Competition and Consumer Law Annotated, Australian Bankruptcy Law and Practice, various Planning and Development Law services and NSW Legal Precedents portfolio. Lalitha holds a Masters’ degree in Business Management and has worked for various Content Technology and Solutions providers in Australia and India prior to joining Thomson Reuters.

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