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