Social Media and the Law (and Scary Legal Jargon Demystified)

The world is changing and the online world in particular grows and changes shape by the day. From social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr, to blogs and other online media, do the old-world legal issues still apply …

Changes to Australian Consumer Law and Gift Card Expiry Dates

In the midst of tumultuous times for Australian parliament recently, you may have missed the far-reaching changes which were introduced to the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) and Australian Securities and Investment Commission Act 2001 (ASIC Act) on 18 October 2018, to clarify and strengthen consumer protections …

UGGH… Booted Over False “Australian Made” Representations

Ozwear Connection (Ozwear) has been issued with two infringement notices and been slapped with $25,200 in penalties by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for misleading consumers by making false country of origin representations about their “Classic Ugg” footwear. Ozwear …

SAY IT STR8: Telco Activ8me in Court for Misleading Advertisements

Internet service provider Activ8me has come under the scrutiny of the ACCC for the second time this year, after allegedly making false or misleading representations when advertising their internet services. Back in March, the telco provider paid a penalty of $12,600 …

A Hitchhikers Guide to Advertising Law in Australia

There is a joke that lawyers like to tell about advertising. A witness in the witness box is sworn in and swears “to tell the truth and nothing but the truth”. The lawyer approaches the witness and asks his first question: …

5 Practical Tips on Managing Your Facebook Page

Facebook is one of the world’s biggest social media platforms available online. Using the platform for business purposes has many benefits, including: It’s a fairly low-cost marketing strategy; It enables you to connect with current and potential clients; It raises brand …

Avoid Being A Spammer. Your Questions Answered, Simply

We recently had a client approach us who had started up her own business and was curious to know more about the laws around spamming. It’s an important topic because the penalties of sending spam could be the difference between staying …

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