Consumer protection

The ACCC steps in to help us bag a bargain

June 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

Australian consumers, like consumers in many other countries, love to shop online.  Web-savvy fashion moguls can navigate the world’s virtual shopping mall and locate their favourite pieces within a matter of minutes – and often...

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On 17 February 2012, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) called for submissions on a draft nutrition, health and related claims Standard. It is intended that the new standard would regulate voluntary statements made by...

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As the ACCC keeps a close eye on energy retailers, its recent success in the Federal Court against Energy Watch is worth mentioning. The Court found that Energy Watch Pty Ltd, a provider of brokering...

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On 23 February 2012, Justice Middleton of the Federal Court fined Hooker Meats Pty Ltd $50,000 for engaging in misleading or deceptive conduct.  The Court found that Hooker Meats misled consumers when it claimed that...

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On 13 January 2012, Mega Brands (“Mega”) filed an antitrust action against its competitor, Lego, in the Los Angeles federal district court, alleging anticompetitive behaviour in the construction toys market. Mega’s action makes a number...

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A ‘dawn raid’ is a well-recognised, often public, example of the ACCC’s formal enforcement powers.  However, the ACCC may also conduct investigations on a more informal, voluntary basis.  This informal approach is sometimes preferred by...

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Amendments to the Trade Practices Act introduced in April 2010 as part of the new Australian Consumer Law give the ACCC power to issue notices requiring a person to substantiate a claim or representation made...

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