Australian Consumer Law

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.

Cryptic coin offerings

Australian law prohibits misleading or deceptive conduct in a range of circumstances, including  in connection with financial services, and in relation to a financial product.

Advertising and the 2020 Olympic Games

Emblems and names for the Tokyo 2020 Games and other intellectual property associated with the Olympic and Paralympic Games are protected in Japan by the Trademark Law, Unfair Competition Prevention Law, Copyright Act, and so on.

GSK and Novartis feel pain over misleading Voltaren claims

GSK and Novartis admitted that from January 2012 to March 2017, they marketed Osteo Gel as being specifically formulated and more effective than Emulgel in treating osteoarthritis related pain and inflammation. In fact, Osteo Gel and Emulgel products are essentially the same.

TAXTIME becomes court time for Kogan

The ACCC has instituted proceedings against Kogan in the Federal Court alleging that Kogan made false or misleading representations about a 10% discount promotion, in breach of the Australian Consumer Law.

Expedia Australia penalised for misleading ‘puffery’

A recent tribunal decision in Canberra will have ongoing implications for businesses, particularly those who provide booking services or platforms.

Kleenheat pays $25,200 penalties over discount claims

Wesfarmers Kleenheat Gas has paid penalties totalling $25,200 after the ACCC issued two infringement notices for alleged false and misleading representations made about gas prices.

South Australian man faces criminal charges for dealing with counterfeit and unapproved medicines

Following investigations by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) the Adelaide Magistrates Court sentenced a South Australian man in relation to illegal acts involving counterfeit therapeutic goods.

ASIC warns Coffs Harbour locals to watch out for super spruikers

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission is warning the public that superannuation spruikers promoting illegal use of self-managed super funds (SMSFs) are operating in the Coffs Harbour area.

ASIC commences action against financial publisher and its director

ASIC has commenced proceedings in the Federal Court against Port Phillip Publishing, an online financial publisher and Australian financial services licence holder, and its director and CEO, Kristan Sayce.

Event ticket resale South Australia

The safest way to buy event tickets is through the authorised ticketing agencies for the event.

Service Seeking in Court for helping businesses write ‘customer’ reviews

The ACCC has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against online tasking platform, Service Seeking for engaging in misleading conduct relating to customer reviews.