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The latest issue of the Australian Journal of Competition and Consumer Law (Volume 25 Part 3) contains the following material:
- Another New Feature
- Words Speak more Loudly than Actions – Sadly
Digital Wallets and Consumer Protection – Kanchana Kariyawasam and Matthew Tsai
The rise in the use of digital wallets has presented the law with numerous challenges in terms of the scope of consumer protection. Significant regulatory gaps are present in the application of current consumer protection laws originally developed for offline transactions to new digital payment systems. An analysis of the intersection of technology and consumer protection within the context of new and emerging payment systems is therefore both timely and appropriate. This is due, inter alia, to the pervasive and widespread nature of digital payments/transactions relied upon by both consumers and financial service providers. This article explores the lack of clarity in the law in this area and how this ambiguity negatively impacts upon both consumers and the financial sector in Australia.
While many Australian consumers exhibit a substantial preference towards free-range eggs, there is currently no nationally enforceable definition of what constitutes a free-range egg. Consumers believe that hens laying free-range eggs are able to exhibit natural behaviours or that they at least roam in the open. Consumers are unaware that the realities of commercial farming conditions do not align with these expectations. The Australian government’s solution to this issue was the introduction of an information standard that will provide a definition for “free-range”. The definition chosen presents significant issues and represents a bowing to industry pressure. The opportunity to provide definitional clarity in this area is still available, and the definition provided by the information standard should be reconsidered.
DEFECTIVE GOODS – Editor: Thomas Cadd
- Apple IOS Updates Cause ACCC Service Headache, Overseas Camera Purchase Not a Pretty Picture, and Flimsy Ebay Sheds – Thomas Cadd
CASE NOTES – Editor: Christopher Hodgekiss SC
- The Concept of “In Competition” Takes Flight: ACCC v Flight Centre Travel Group Ltd – Diana Biscoe and Jilly Cohen
- Authorisation and Commercial Reality: Re Sea Swift Pty Ltd – Ketki Kotwal
- The Council’s Work under the National Access Regime in 2016–2017 – Jonathan de Ridder
- New Technologies Challenge Conventional Market Designs – Alex Sundakov
REPORT FROM CHINA – Editor: Sharon Henrick
- Abuse of Dominance: The Tetra Pak Decision – Sharon Henrick and Susan Ning
- Chinese Competition Regulators Increase Global Cooperation
- Emphasis on Preparation of Material Evidence for Leniency Applications
REPORT FROM EUROPE – Editor: Tom S Pick
- Final Report on the E-Commerce Sector in Europe: A Summary of the Main Findings – Tom S Pick and Simon Englebert
- Pilbara Infrastructure Pty Ltd v Australian Competition Tribunal
- Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v MSY Technology Pty Ltd (No 2)
- La Trobe Capital & Mortgage Ltd v Hay Property Consultants Pty Ltd
- Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v Metcash Trading Ltd
- Re Energex Ltd (No 4)
For the PDF version of the table of contents, click here: AJCCL Vol 25 No 3 Contents.
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