2017 Australian Consumer Law Review

Key takeaways that every business should know Consumer Affairs Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) has undertaken the first review of the ACL since its inception in 2011 and has released its final report. Herbert Smith Freehills have summarised below the key legislative proposals that all businesses should be aware of. Read more

Focus on 3D printing – the legal implications of an emerging technology

In this article published in PLC Magazine June 2016 we consider the effectiveness of the current law to deal with the competition that 3D printing presents for traditional manufacturing as well as the opportunities 3D printing provides for rights holders via alternative business models and the product liability challenges involved. Andrew Moir, Anthony Dempster, Rachel … Read more

Criminal liability for defective products: a refresher

With the coming into force last month of the Consumer Rights Act 2015, there has understandably been a significant focus on the civil remedies available to consumers who purchase defective products (see our recent blog post commenting on the new Act).  However, consumer businesses should also give close attention to the potential for criminal prosecution where … Read more

Australia: Country of origin claims: ACCC guidelines

Businesses that make country of origin claims in marketing their products in Australia should consult the ‘Country of Origin claims and the Australian Consumer Law’ guidelines published by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in April 2014. Read more

New focus on consumer products for Australian regulator of competition and consumer law

In Australia the main regulator of consumer law is the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). In 2010 the enforcement powers of the ACCC were significantly strengthened with the intention of enabling the ACCC to provide a more responsive national approach to dealing with matters that affect consumers in Australia, particularly vulnerable consumers (ACCC media … Read more