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Andy Leck

Andy Leck is the managing principal of Baker McKenzie.Wong & Leow. Mr. Leck is recognised by the world’s leading industry and legal publications as a leader in his field. Asian Legal Business notes that he “always gives good, quick advice, [is] client-focused and has strong technical knowledge for his areas of practice”. Alongside his current role as managing principal, Mr. Leck has held several leadership positions in the Firm and externally as a leading IP practitioner. He currently serves on the International Trademark Association's Board of Directors and is a member of the Singapore Copyright Tribunal.

After being the subject of 90 customer complaints from January 2019 to 31 August 2020, three beauty salons have signed Voluntary Compliance Agreements (“VCAs”) with the Consumers Association of Singapore (“CASE”) where they admit, and resolve to cease carrying out aggressive or misleading practices.

The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) accepted voluntary undertakings from the owners and operators of the “ABC Bargain Centre,” “Valu$” and “ABC Express” retail outlets (collectively “Parties”), to cease the use of “Closing Down Sale” and “Fire Sale” advertisements from 30 September 2020. The CCCS noted that using such advertisements when firms are neither ceasing operations nor are in financial distress can constitute an unfair practice in breach of the Consumer Protection (Fair Trading) Act (Cap. 52A) (CPFTA) as they can mislead consumers into believing that there is a price benefit, which would only be available for a limited period.

The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (“CCCS”) issued the Guidelines on Price Transparency (“Guidelines”) to explain how it would interpret the Consumer Protection Fair Trading Act (“CPFTA”) in relation to the display/advertisement of prices and pricing practices such as time-limited discounts, free offers and price comparisons. The Guidelines apply to all suppliers, whether operating online or in physical stores, and will come into effect on 1 November 2020.

The CCCS is also reviewing the CPFTA to enhance its enforcement powers.

On 3 June 2020, the Ministry of Law (“MinLaw”) and Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (“IPOS”) launched a public consultation on “Proposed Licence Conditions and Code of Conduct for Collective Management Organisations” (the “Consultation Paper”). The proposed amendments follow from the responses received during the Copyright Collective Rights Management Ecosystem Public Consultation 2017, and forms part of the ongoing review of Singapore’s copyright regime. It seeks to implement a regulatory framework for Collective Management Organisations (“CMOs”), which are currently unregulated.

The Health Sciences Authority of Singapore (HSA) has been clamping down on the sale of products with false and misleading claims that purport to diagnose, prevent or treat COVID-19. Through intensified surveillance on online marketplaces and local retailers, the HSA has taken down more than 1700 listings of such products online, and issued more than 1600 warning letters to sellers and companies marketing such products.

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