Are your products safe

Are your products safe?

The ACCC recently published an article warning of the dangers of water expanding balls, or "water beads" for children. These balls are very small, but expand to up to 400 times their original size whe...
No Relief for Nurofen

No Relief for Nurofen

The ACCC has initiated proceedings against Reckitt Benckiser (Australia) Pty Ltd, the company behind Nurofen Specific Pain tablets for allegedly making false or misleading claims. The compa...
Energy companies zapped for misleading conduct

Energy companies zapped for misleading conduct

As part of the ACCC’s focus on the energy sector last year, recently two energy companies, Origin Energy and Simply Energy (including some subsidiaries) have been hit with large penalties as a result...
Resale Price Maintenance

Resale Price Maintenance

In December of 2014, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) made a landmark decision under the Australian Competition Law. For the first time, the ACCC authorised Resale Price Maint...
Increase Your Growth: Launch a Private Label

Increase Your Growth: Launch a Private Label

We previously wrote about the benefits of diversifying your brand to have wider appeal or to apply to additional goods and services (see here for previous article). A great example of a brand that kn...
Changes to Mandatory Standards for Bean Bags 2016

Changes to Mandatory Standards for Bean Bags 2016

If you sell, manufacture or distribute bean bags, you will need to comply with the new mandatory safety standard that has been announced by the Australian Government. Although there has been a mandat...
Hoping to profit from extended warranties in 2015

Hoping to profit from extended warranties in 2015?

It’s the time of year when retailers are hoping to sell lots of extended warranties and planning for new products in 2015.  Not only do extended warranties add profit to the bottom line, but they...
Focus on sunglasses (pun intended)

Focus on sunglasses (pun intended)

In celebration of the first day of summer, we thought we would tell you some important news about sunglasses:  The ACCC has released a reminder to consumers to select safe sunglasses to wear this...
Don't make your Christmas sale a liability

Don’t make your Christmas sale a liability

We all know that Christmas is the time for sales.  It’s critical to ensure that savings claims are accurate and able to be substantiated. Such claims include “% off” or “was/now” price claims.&nb...
The importance of substantiating your product claims

The importance of substantiating your product claims.

It is not often in the fashion industry that health claims are made in relation to products. Reebok, made claims relating to the health benefits of wearing their EasyTone shoes. The ACCC found that R...
How safe are your products

How safe are your products?

A reminder of the importance of having a good compliance program. Having checks and balances in place can help will identify products that are covered by Mandatory Standards. Recently the ACCC issued...