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The Swift Swindle: on fake celebrity endorsements


Posted By on 21/01/19

By Darrell Choong (Lawyer) and Amelia Edwards (Senior Associate) Imagine this: there’s a blank space on your product, or website, and there is a nagging thought at the back of your mind that it should be filled up. You are unable to shake it off. Inspiration strikes. You decide to put up a banner proclaiming … Read more

Encapsulation is not “Made in Australia”

The Federal Court recently ruled that encapsulation of imported supplements in Australia does not justify a “Made in Australia” label The Federal Court has ruled in favour of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), holding that the encapsulation in Australia of imported fish oil and vitamin D is not sufficient to permit the capsules … Read more

Who gets the children at Christmas?

For many families, Christmas is a happy time of year.  But for those who may be newly separated, it can be a time of heartbreak.  This leads to the very important question – who gets the children at Christmas? Shared arrangements For young children, Christmas Eve and Christmas morning are full of excitement waiting for Santa, … Read more

Food manufacturer fined for safety breach


Posted By on 3/12/18

A recent case in the Magistrates Court of Victoria is a timely reminder to check that safety guards are fully operational and to promptly remove faulty machinery from production for repair. What happened? A machine that individually wrapped small cakes and muffins in plastic film was fed the food product by two conveyors to the … Read more

Gluten free(ish): 1 in 40 “gluten free” foods fail to meet Australian standards


Posted By on 28/11/18

A study published earlier this month in the Medical Journal of Australia revealed a concerning truth. Melbourne researchers tested 256 commonly-bought manufactured “gluten free”-labelled products and reported that almost 3% of these products actually contained small amounts of gluten, meaning that these products did not comply with the Australian standards.  The Australian standards require that … Read more

Changes to Child Support 2018: Part 3 – Binding Child Support Agreements

This is the final in a three-part series about the changes to Child Support in 2018. This segment deals with how the amendments affect Binding Child Support Agreements.   Binding Child Support Agreements Section 80C of the Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 (“the Act”) enables parents to enter into a private agreement about child support, … Read more

CoOL challenge to “Australian-made” claims


Posted By on 14/11/18

There’s been a lot of coverage about country of origin labelling (CoOL) rules relating to labelling of food.  But what about complementary healthcare products? Claims about where complementary healthcare products are made or manufactured need to comply with the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).  Of course, compliance with the ACL is in addition to sponsors’ compliance … Read more