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Adspend and alcohol consumption

Does increased advertising of alcohol lead to increased consumption?  

Update – Port Phillip Publishing penalised

Online publishing company and former director found liable for misleading and deceptive statements about mimicking the Future Fund.

Water filter cartridge company’s watery claims

Saipol Technologies, a water filter cartridges business, has acknowledged it was likely to have breached the Australian Consumer Law.

Crack down by TGA on non-compliant advertising of devices

The advertising of bioresonance has been the subject of previous regulatory compliance actions.

Breast thermography not to be trusted

If you see a clinic advertising thermography in place of mammography to detect breast cancer, please report it to us.

$10 million bitter pill for Peptide Clinics Australia

The Federal Court ordered that Peptide Clinics Australia pay $10 million to the Commonwealth for breaches of the mandatory rules for advertising of medicines, including the ban on advertising prescription-only medicines to the public.

Penalties and refunds over energy discount claims

Dodo and CovaU have paid penalties totalling $37,800 and $12,600 respectively after the ACCC issued each energy retailer with infringement notices for alleged misleading claims about discounts available on their energy plans.

Getting sun ready

With summer fast approaching now’s the time to find out what you need to know about advertising sunscreens.

Update for the advertising cats and dogs for sale in Victoria

The Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farm and Pet Shops) Act 2017 amends the Domestic Animals Act 1994 and reforms the dog breeding and pet shop industries in Victoria and better regulate the sale of dogs and cats.

Samsung in hot water over misleading claims

The ACCC has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against Samsung Electronics Australia alleging it made false, misleading and deceptive representations in advertising the water resistance of various ‘Galaxy’ branded mobile phones.

Is it an ad for medicinal cannabis?

Care needs to be taken that published information about medicinal cannabis does not appear to be designed or calculated to support or encourage the use or supply of medicinal cannabis.

To be or not to be ‘natural’

Like all medicines and medical devices, ‘natural’ products are intended to influence the human body or change something about the way the body acts. Inappropriate or excessive use of any medicine or medical device may cause harm.