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ACCC alleges online directory made small business pay for unwanted advertising

ACCC alleges online directory made small business pay for unwanted advertising

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is taking legal action against an online business directory provider, alleging unconscionable conduct that resulted in numerous small businesses paying significant amounts of money for unwanted advertising. ABG Pages Pty Ltd and an individual will face the Federal Court, accused of “misleading or deceptive conduct, false or misleading […]

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ACCC pursues photography business for unconscionable conduct

ACCC pursues photography business for unconscionable conduct

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against Lifestyle Photographers Pty Ltd, trading as Expression Sessions. Expression Sessions sell photography packages along with associated products and operated from pop-up stores and kiosks in shopping centres around Australia between 2012 and 2014. The ACCC alleges that Expression Sessions made false or […]

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Small business the focus of unfair contract terms draft legislation

Small business the focus of unfair contract terms draft legislation

The Abbott Government has today released a draft legislation put forward to further protect small businesses from unfair contract terms.  Businesses with less than 20 employees undertaking transactions under $100,000, or under $250,000 for contracts that go over a year, are to be the main beneficiaries of the new laws, which the Government says are […]

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Fake government grants: How to avoid scams

Fake government grants: How to avoid scams

As small business numbers increase and more entrepreneurs look for capital, a growing amount of organisations claiming to be affiliated with the Government are looking to take your money.  SMEs and entrepreneurs are being drawn to groups offering easy access to government grants, often charging a fee in return for information that can be accessed […]

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How to Make a Debt Collection Call

How to Make a Debt Collection Call

It sounds simple, right? Pick up the phone, ring your customer and let them know you’re expecting them to settle their overdue account. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy.  If you haven’t prepared, the call can quickly take a wrong turn. Or, an emotional reaction from the recipient can easily throw you off your game.  Here […]

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The Risk of Dodgy Debt Collection

The Risk of Dodgy Debt Collection

‘Cynical’, ‘unconscionable’ and ‘clearly unfair’ are words most business owners never want to hear. When a federal court justice uses these very terms to describe your debt collection activity, chances are it’s going to be coupled with a hefty fine that could financially cripple your business and the individuals involved in it. A recent action […]

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