The ACCC took enforcement action against standard form consumer contract terms which were unfair and unenforceable.
The ACCC recently instituted proceedings based solely on alleged breaches of the unfair contracts provisions of the ACL.
All standard form consumer contracts should be reviewed to ensure that they comply with the ACL unfair contract terms.
One of the key focus areas for the ACCC this year is to ensure that businesses comply with the Australian Consumer Law.
Only two cases have been reported in Australia since the law on unfair contract terms came into effect on 1 July 2010.
According to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s recent publication, ".com Disclosures, How to Make Effective Disclosures in Digital Advertising", consumer protection laws apply equally to all forms of media and devices.
On March 26, 2013, Ontario’s public elementary teachers were advised by their own union to restore extra-curricular activities in time for the spring sports season, Grade 8 graduation trips and end-of-year field trips.
On December 4, 2013, the Quebec Court of Appeal ruled in Québec (Procureur général) c. Loyola High School, that Loyola High School, a private Catholic high school in Montreal, was required to teach a secular Ethics and Religious Culture Course (the "Course").
On April 15, 2013, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice certified a product liability class action in respect of pharmaceutical products manufactured by Bayer Inc.
On April 17, 2012, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (the "OSSTF") filed an unfair labour practice complaint against the Crown in Right of Ontario.
The Council of the European Union recently adopted a regulation on online dispute resolution and a directive on alternative dispute resolution.
Telephone subscribers who knowingly release their phone numbers to a business will be deemed to have given their invitation or consent to the called at the number which they have given, absent instruction to the contrary.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recently obtained an unprecedented ruling when Administrative Law Judge Dean Metry granted leave to name Craig Zucker in an administrative complaint against Maxfield and Oberton Holdings, LLC, the manufacturer of Buckyballs®.
Florida Judge Robert Scola, Jr. has recently rejected the Federal Communications Commission longstanding definition of express consent.
In January 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a series of new rules affecting the mortgage industry.
A federal court in the Western District of Wisconsin has now expanded the reach of the TCPA beyond auto/predictive dialers, holding in Nelson v. Santander Consumer USA that the federal statute may apply to calls even if an auto/predictive dialer is not used to initiate them.
In the last two weeks, both the IRS and Congressional officials announced major milestones in the increasing regulatory focus on colleges and universities.
Did a customer file a complaint against you in the past year? If so, now everyone knows (or could know).
The Center For Rural Pennsylvania recently published a comprehensive study of the state’s wine industry.
There was a time when class-action lawsuits against lenders who financed dealer-generated automobile loans were all the rage.