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consumer protection

a generic term used to describe various pieces of legislation whose objective is to protect CONSUMERS from unscrupulous, unfair and intrusive trade practices and unsafe products. In the UK the main Acts concerning consumer protection in force at the present time are: the WEIGHTS AND MEASURES ACT 1963; the TRADE DESCRIPTIONS ACTS 1968 and 1972; the UNSOLICITED GOODS AND SERVICES ACT 1971 and 1975; the FAIR TRADING ACT 1973; the CONSUMER CREDIT ACT 1974; the CONSUMER SAFETY ACT 1978; the PRICE MARKING (BARGAIN OFFERS) ORDER 1979, SALE OF GOODS ACT 1979; SALE OF GOODS AND SERVICES ACT 1982; ESTATE AGENCY ACT 1979; CONTROL OF MISLEADING ADVERTISEMENTS REGULATIONS 1988; CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT 1987. See FINANCIAL SERVICES AUTHORITY, OMBUDSMAN, OFFICE OF FAIR TRADING, DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY. See also CONSUMERISM, COMPETITION POLICY (UK) (EU).

consumer protection

measures taken by the government and independent bodies such as the Consumers’ Association in the UK to protect consumers against unscrupulous trade practices such as false descriptions of goods, incorrect weights and measures, misleading prices and defective goods. See TRADE DESCRIPTIONS ACT 1968, WEIGHTS AND MEASURES ACT 1963, CONSUMER CREDIT ACT 1974, PRICE MARKETING ( BARGAIN OFFERS) ORDER 1979, OFFICE OF FAIR TRADING, COMPETITION POLICY, CONSUMERISM.
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The Australian Consumer Law provides automatic rights to consumers and imposes obligations on manufacturers and dealers that cannot be excluded, restricted or modified, ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published advice in March setting out how consumer law applies to the higher education sector including measures to ensure students could compare courses and make a fully informed choice.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published advice in March setting out how consumer law applies to the higher education sector, including measures to ensure information is available to students so they can compare courses and make an informed choice.
For the fifth year, the Consumer Protection Law Committee is accepting nominations for an award that acknowledges a Florida consumer law practitioner for outstanding efforts that benefit not only Floridians but the practice of consumer law.
Concerted screenings, also known as "sweeps", of websites are regularly coordinated by the European Commission and carried out by national enforcement authorities, to identify breaches of consumer law and to subsequently ensure its enforcement.
Under the new Consumer Law, banks will only be allowed to collect fees identified by the Ministry of Customs and Trade and the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK).
PLANS to overhaul consumer laws will fall flat unless more is done to help almost half of Britons who do not understand their rights, a study suggests.
While in traditional Contract Law, buyers were requested to play a vigilant role, while accumulating by their own efforts the information needed for the clarification of consent, recent European Consumer law (1) changes the perspective, enhancing disequilibria existing between professional parties and profanes, in terms of information on characteristics of goods (2), for example, or on the manufacturing chain (3).
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The majority of consumer law enforcement is carried out by local councils, but abuses are operating at a regional or national level, where the protection system is "inadequate", said the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee.
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