Regulators switch focus in response to COVID-19

By David Robbins (Principal Solicitor), Amelia Edwards (Special Counsel) and Adrian Faelli (Lawyer) Key Australian regulators have moved to establish new initiatives and scale-back some existing programs as the COVID-19 crisis deepens.  Given the current crisis impacts both business and consumers alike, ASIC and the ACCC have prioritised their resources to ensure they are best … 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

ACCC steps up country of origin prosecutions


Posted By on 12/11/18

(By Darrell Choong and Amelia Edwards) It has been a ‘fine’ time for the ACCC this year – a fact to which Ozwear Connection (‘Ozwear’)and Birubi Art (‘Birubi’) will no doubt attest.  Both these entities have caught the attention of the regulator in relation to country of origin claims. Background Under the Australian Consumer Law … Read more

Collective bargaining – change is on the way

By Darrell Choong (Trainee Lawyer) and Paul Welling (Principal Solicitor) The gates of Troy have been breached!  At least, they might be soon. In a somewhat surprising turn of events, the ACCC is considering a class exemption for collective bargaining by eligible businesses, agribusinesses and franchisees.  Currently, collective bargaining is only allowed if a business … Read more