PRESCRIBED TEXT FOR:
Institution: ACU North Sydney - 2014 2nd Semester
Course Code: LAWS108
Subject: Commercial Law
LAWS2201 AT UWA, SEMESTER 1 2013
There have been significant changes to legislation and important case law developments in the two years since the previous edition of Australian Commercial Law. The 29th edition includes the following:
Consumer Protection (Ch 17) incorporates the changes made by the Competition and Consumer Legislation Amendment Act 2011 (Cth) and a number of significant cases since the last edition, including the High Court decisions in Miller and Associates Insurance Broking Pty Ltd v BMW Australia Finance Ltd (2010) and Insight Vacations Pty Ltd v Young (2011).
Credit Law (Ch 19) has been completely re-worked, following the enactment of the new national
personal property securities regime by the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth), which replaces the State and Territory registration systems. Recent legislative amendments to the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 (Cth) have also been included in this chapter.
The Law of Electronic Commerce (Ch 16) incorporates changes to the Commonwealth and State Electronic Transactions Acts necessitated by Australia's accession to the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts. It also includes the significant High Court decision in Roadshow Films Pty Ltd v iiNet Ltd (2012) on the liability of Internet Service Providers for peer-to peer file sharing and the Full Federal Court decision in National Rugby League Investment Pty Ltd v Singtel Optus Pty Ltd (2012) on the "time shifting" of television programs.
Changes introduced by the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Act 2012 (Cth) are considered in Intellectual Property (Ch 30), together with the copyright decisions in EMI Songs Australia Pty Ltd v Larrikin Music Publishing Pty Ltd (2011) and Telstra Corporation Ltd v Phone Directories Company Pty Ltd (2010); and the significant patent decision in Samsung Electronics Co Ltd v Apple Inc (2011).
Restrictive Trade Practices (Ch 18) incorporates legislative amendments introduced by the Competition and Consumer Amendment Act (No 1) 2011 (Cth).
Business Ethics (Ch 33) outlines the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights endorsed by the United Nations Human Rights Council in July 2011.
The 29th edition of Australian Commercial Law will include a completely new chapter on Employment Law (Ch 34).