Commerce Minister for the Australian state of Western Australia (WA) Michael Mischin has announced that the Perth Industrial Magistrates Court has fined McDonald's Australia Ltd (McDonald's) A$15,000 for illegally employing a 14-year-old at its Rockingham outlet, including employing her in an illegal overnight shift lasting almost 15 hours.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released its latest Compliance and enforcement policy (February 2014), which "outlines the ACCC's priority areas for the year and sets out the factors to be taken into account when deciding whether to pursue matters".
The Supreme Court of the Australian state of Victoria has handed down its decision in Telstra Corporation Ltd v Singtel Optus Pty Ltd  VSC 35 (18 February 2014). According to The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH), the Court has ruled that an advertising campaign by telecommunications provider SingTel Optus Pty Ltd (Optus) breached Schedule 2 (The Australian Consumer Law) to the Competition and Consumer Act (2010) 1974 No. 51 (Cth) by misleading consumers into believing that Optus's mobile network covering 98.5% of Australia referred to geographical cover when in fact it referred to population.
Yonhap News Agency (Yonhap) reports that the Seoul Central District Court in the Republic of Korea has sentenced CJ Group chairperson Lee Jay-hyun to four years' imprisonment and fined him KRW26 billion (approximately US$24 million/€18 million) for tax evasion and embezzlement.
Australian national workplace relations tribunal the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has handed down its decision in Gary Homes v Coles Group Limited T/A Coles Warehouse Edinburgh Parks  FWC 1013 (10 February 2014), which relates to an application lodged pursuant to s. 394 (Application for unfair dismissal remedy) of the Fair Work Act 2009 No. 28 (Cth). According to The Age, Gary Homes was suspended from work by his employer Coles in 2013 after workplace security staff found a container of powdered beverage in his bag as he was leaving the site.
The Hong Kong (HK) Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has announced that former CITIC Pacific Ltd (CITIC Pacific) finance assistant director Simon Chui Wing Nin has pleaded guilty to "two counts of insider dealing in the shares of CITIC Pacific", and has been sentenced to nine months' imprisonment and fined HK$612,000.
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers has made available the Federal Court of Australia's (FCA) judgment in Paciocco v Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited  FCA 35 (5 February 2014). According to Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, which represented 43,500 individuals in the class action against Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (ANZ), the Court has determined that "late payment fees charged by [ANZ] were penalties, and thousands of customers should receive compensation for amounts that had been unfairly charged".
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has released Report 383 - ASIC enforcement outcomes: July to December 2013 (January 2014), which outlines enforcement outcomes achieved by ASIC between 1 July - 31 December 2013. In that period, ASIC achieved 340 enforcement outcomes, including criminal, civil and administrative actions, as well as negotiated outcomes such as enforceable undertakings.
The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (ANZ) is comprehensively reviewing key parts of its Australia-based personal and small business account operations as it commences the process of refunding 235,000 home loan customers a total of A$70 million in overcharged interest.
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