Damages have been awarded to a number of distributors that were scammed into buying exclusive distribution licences for an overseas product, when the supply agreement never actually existed.
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Waste management giants amend unfair contracts
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Supré fined after in-store pricing error
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ASIC puts buy now, pay later schemes under scrutiny
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Aussie shipping costs 102% more than global average
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Aussie innovation sees coffee cups saved from landfill
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City council proposes 24-hour trading
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Fraud charges laid over fake insurance policies
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Aussies less interested in online shopping
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