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Consumer law review

By Melissa Higham - 18 Jun 2010

The Ministry of Consumer Affairs has this week launched a review of all consumer law. This will involve a review of the Consumer Guarantees Act, the Sale of Goods Act, the Door to Door Sales Act and another 7 or 8 similar statutes. The way in which all consumer legislation interacts and works together is a key driver to this review.

A discussion paper was issued this week and submissions close on 31 July 2010. 

The purpose of the review is to see whether the consumer laws which are currently spread over a number of statutes of varying ages can be brought together into a single coherent scheme.  This will enable businesses and their customers to have a better understanding of what each other expect and what the law expects of them in their business dealings.  In some cases it is likely to provide long overdue updates to old law and may see the repeal of some laws which are no longer of any practical effect.

We'll keep you informed on how this might impact your business.

Let us know if you have any questions. 


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