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The Fair Trading Act Handbook

The Fair Trading Act Handbook

Debra Wilson , 2018

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The Fair Trading Act - know your commercial rights.


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The Fair Trading Act is one of the most frequently used and widely recognised pieces of commercial, trading and consumer legislation in New Zealand. The Act’s broad language and wide scope means that it potentially has a role to play in almost every commercial transaction people might enter into, including contracts for services or for the purchase of goods or land, how goods or services are advertised or described, and to more ‘behind the scenes’ aspects of commercial transactions like ensuring that products or services offered meet minimum standards of safety and information disclosure. In 2013, the Fair Trading Amendment Act introduced several new provisions into the Act to ensure that it remained relevant in the new era of online purchasing, and to address emerging issues identified by consumers as significant to their purchasing decision-making.

The Fair Trading Act Handbook is a successor to Trotman & Wilson Fair Trading: Misleading or Deceptive Conduct, which focused specifically on the s9 prohibition on misleading or deceptive conduct and the remedies available for breach of that section. Its two editions have been widely used by practitioners and cited in the courts.

With the introduction of a new purpose section and new provisions in 2013, and the anticipated increasing use of these and the other provisions, The Fair Trading Act Handbook provides a timely broadening of the respected commentary of its predecessor. It discusses all of the substantive provisions, as well as the civil and criminal remedies available following breach. It considers relevant cases on these provisions, and where information is available, discusses the Commerce Commission’s use of more informal means of educating traders to enhance compliance through the use of compliance advice and warning letters.



• Extended table of contents to incorporate the comprehensive new chapters and information.
• Delves into the Fair Trading Act in its entirety.
• Accessible to students and practitioners alike.


Related LexisNexis Titles

Holderness (editor) Introduction to Commercial Law, 5th edition, 2016
Tokeley (editor) Consumer Law in New Zealand, 2nd edition, 2014
Commercial Law in New Zealand (online resource)


Debra Wilson is an associate professor of law at the University of Canterbury. She has a strong research reputation in Fair Trading Act and consumer law and has published numerous articles on this subject. Deabra was the co-author of two editions of Fair Trading: Misleading or Deceptive Conduct, is the author of the ‘Fair Trading Act’ chapters in Commercial Law in New Zealand and Consumer Law in New Zealand, 2nd edition, and is the New Zealand editor of the Trade Practices Law Journal/Australian Journal of Competition and Consumer Law.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Overview of the FTA


Chapter 2: In Trade
Chapter 3: Misleading or Deceptive Conduct
Chapter 4: Non-Disclosure
Chapter 5: Opinion
Chapter 6: Promises
Chapter 7: Goods, Services and Employment
Chapter 8: Unsubstantiated Representations
Chapter 9: False or Misleading Representations
Chapter 10: Unfair Practices and Unfair Contract Terms


Chapter 11: Consumer Information, Product Safety and Safety of Services
Chapter 12: Consumer Transactions and Auctions


Chapter 13: Procedural Matters
Chapter 14: Offences
Chapter 15: Injunctions and Corrective Statements
Chapter 16: Section 43: Time Limitation and Causation Requirement
Chapter 17: Section 43: Other Orders
Chapter 18: Section 43: Damages
Chapter 19: Specific Defences Available Under s44
Chapter 20: General Defences: Mere Conduit Principle and News Media Defence
Chapter 21: Disclaimers and Contracting Out
Chapter 22: Conduct of Directors, Servants or Agents
Chapter 23: Enforceable Undertakings, Management Banning Orders and Declarations of Unfair Contract Terms

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