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Harvey Norman franchisees fined for misleading consumers about their rights

Harvey Norman franchisees fined for misleading consumers about their rights

Do you and your staff know the rules regarding consumer rights and guarantees in New Zealand? The cost of not knowing can be high as Harvey Norman operators recently learned.

By Claire Barron - 20 Jan 2016

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Nurofen Causes Headache for Reckitt Benckiser

Nurofen Causes Headache for Reckitt Benckiser

Are you experiencing pain in your back? Then, according to Reckitt Benckiser, Nurofen Back Pain should be your drug of choice.

 

Has a piercing migraine got you down? No worries, Reckitt Benckiser's products suggest, Nurofen Migraine Pain will soon soothe your misery.

By Matt O'Neale - 16 Dec 2015

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Yoghurt Story telling tales - frosty response from Commerce Commission

Yoghurt Story telling tales - frosty response from Commerce Commission

Once upon a time there was a yoghurt retailer, Yoghurt Story New Zealand Limited.  This retailer touted its product's 'beneficial bacteria for better digestion and overall good health' and that 'with Yoghurt Story probiotic yoghurt your stomach will thank you'. BUT THEN ...

By Matt O'Neale - 4 Dec 2015

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Related companies stung by application to claw back voidable payments

Related companies stung by application to claw back voidable payments

The recent case of Galvanising HB Limited v Fisk has sent out a warning to directors who pay debts owed to related companies over other creditors.

By Claire Mansell - 27 Nov 2015

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Company directors, look sharp! New company requirements in force

Company directors, look sharp! New company requirements in force

New Companies Office requirements came into force yesterday. Failure to comply with these new rules could result in companies being struck off the Register.

By Melissa Higham - 29 Oct 2015

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Directors Beware: Liability for GST/Reckless Trading

Directors Beware:  Liability for GST/Reckless Trading

Think a company structure will avoid personal liability? Think again. Directors of liquidated companies can be held personally liable for GST.

The Companies Act gives the IRD long arms and very big teeth. In a liquidation situation, there is potential personal liability to directors if GST liability was incurred when the company couldn't meet its obligations to the IRD.

By Tony Johnson - 25 Aug 2015

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Settling employment disputes by termination

Settling employment disputes by termination

Employers and employees commonly settle serious employment relationship problems by agreeing to go their separate ways. Often these settlements include a payment to the employee in exchange for their commitment to ongoing confidentiality and a restraint of trade. Parties have the option of getting the settlement agreement signed off by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Mediation Service. There are advantages and disadvantages in doing this.

By Andrew Steele - 31 Jul 2015

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Public persona, private life

Public persona, private life

The recent publication by a magazine of a photo featuring Dan and Honor Carter's 2-year old child has reignited debate over what media outlets should or shouldn't be allowed to publish.

By - 21 Jul 2015

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Lack of detailed invoices proves costly for building contractors

Lack of detailed invoices proves costly for building contractors

If you're a building contractor who issues simplified invoices, you may need to think again. A recent high court case emphasised the need for contractors to get invoices right the first time if they intend to rely on summary procedures to maximise their cash flow.

By Andrew Steele - 30 Jun 2015

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Full replacement insurance - the devil is in the detail

Full replacement insurance - the devil is in the detail

This week the Supreme Court granted an insurer leave to appeal in the case of Southern Response Earthquake Services Limited v Avonside Holdings Limited. This litigation concerns arguments around what costs can be included in estimating the full replacement cost.

By Andrew Steele - 25 Jun 2015

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