Reminder for retailers:  Misleading consumers about their rights can lead to hefty fines
Reminder for retailers: Misleading consumers about their rights can lead to hefty fines
19 January 2016 | By  Olivia Porter
Ten Australian Harvey Norman franchisees have been fined a total of $286,000 for making false or misleading representations regarding consumer guarantee rights. Read More →
Reminder for retailers:  Misleading consumers about their rights can lead to hefty fines
Reminder for retailers: Misleading consumers about their rights can lead to hefty fines
19 January 2016 | By  Olivia Porter
Ten Australian Harvey Norman franchisees have been fined a total of $286,000 for making false or misleading representations regarding consumer guarantee rights.
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Harmful Digital Communications Act - Update
Harmful Digital Communications Act - Update
21 December 2015 | By  Rick Shera
The Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015 was passed into law with the changes suggested by the Select Committee incorporated ...
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Privacy Implications of Westpac's Release of Nicky Hager's Personal Information
Privacy Implications of Westpac's Release of Nicky Hager's Personal Information
28 October 2015 | By  Rick Shera
We've heard this week that Westpac Bank voluntarily provided the New Zealand Police with author Nicky Hager's bank account information, without requiring a production order or warrant from the Court. The information was apparently requested on the basis that it might reveal information about the person known as Rawshark ...
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Video of Rick Shera's Keynote address to National Digital Forum Conference 2014 - Teh Intarweb: It'll be the death of us all
Video of Rick Shera's Keynote address to National Digital Forum Conference 2014 - Teh Intarweb: It'll be the death of us all
04 December 2014 | By  Rick Shera
What happens to our digital assets - the things we post online on social media platforms, blogs etc and to our social media accounts themselves, after we die?
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Carriage and Delivery of Goods
Carriage and Delivery of Goods
18 June 2014 | By  Karl Stolberger
Increased limit under Carriage of Goods Act 1979 and new guarantee as to delivery under Consumer Guarantees Act 1993.
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Goodbye to Postal Rule
Goodbye to Postal Rule
04 June 2014 | By  Rick Shera
In the days when most things went by physical post, in envelopes, delivered by actual people, in real life, mostly on bikes, the law developed the the postal rule. It is an exception to the general rule of contract formation ...
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The devil’s in the details: validity of financing statements
The devil’s in the details: validity of financing statements
11 December 2013 | By  Rachael Cederwall  | 
In a recent decision, Polymers International Ltd v Toon [2013] NZHC 1897, the High Court held that, when registering a financing statement against a debtor company on the Personal Property Securities Register, the omission of the company number from the financing statement was seriously misleading...
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Supplier’s Guarantee ‘As to Delivery’ of Consumer Goods
Supplier’s Guarantee ‘As to Delivery’ of Consumer Goods
06 September 2013 | By  Barbara Versfelt
The Consumer Law Reform Bill (Bill) proposes to amend the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 (CGA) by introducing an additional supplier’s guarantee ‘as to delivery’ in Part I of the CGA...
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But is user generated content really advertising?
But is user generated content really advertising?
01 August 2013 | By  Rick Shera
I've written before about what seems to be a difference of opinion between the New Zealand Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) and its Australian cousin, the Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB), as to whether user generated comments (UGC) are subject to their respective codes ...
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Exclusivity: think before you ink
Exclusivity: think before you ink
16 July 2013 | By  Andrew Wallace
A recent high-profile stoush involving two Australian retail giants and a fashion designer has shone the spotlight on exclusivity arrangements. Whatever it is you do, if you’re looking at entering into an arrangement under which you’ll do that on an exclusive basis for the other side, there are three things it’s critical for you to think through...
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Time to put the three elements of unfairness to the test
Time to put the three elements of unfairness to the test
12 May 2013 | By  Andrew Wallace
Does your business contract with your customers on a set of standard terms? Or are you looking at putting a set of standard terms in place? If so, you need to be aware that proposed new rules against unfair contract terms look destined to become law later this year...
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Consumer Law Reform Bill will make major changes
Consumer Law Reform Bill will make major changes
04 April 2013 | By  Barbara Versfelt  | Rick Shera
The Consumer Law Reform Bill (CLRB) had its second reading in Parliament on 12 December 2012 and should be passed sometime this year. It will make major changes to various consumer laws...
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Anti-Money Laundering Deadline Looms
Anti-Money Laundering Deadline Looms
18 November 2012 | By  Andrew Wallace
With the end of the year approaching and 2013 “to do” lists starting to be developed, one of the key items for affected businesses will be getting ready for the main provisions of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Act 2009 that comes into effect from 30 June 2013...
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