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COMPETITION AND CONSUMER ACT 2010 - SECT 135S

Embargo notices

             (1)  An inspector who enters premises under a search warrant may give an embargo notice to the occupier of the premises.

             (2)  The inspector may give the notice to the occupier of the premises:

                     (a)  by causing a copy of the notice to be served on the occupier; or

                     (b)  if the occupier cannot be located after all reasonable steps have been taken to do so--by:

                              (i)  causing a copy of the notice to be served on a person on the premises who is reasonably believed to be in regular contact with the occupier; or

                             (ii)  causing a copy of the notice to be affixed to the premises, or to a thing on the premises, in a prominent position.

             (3)  The embargo notice must:

                     (a)  be in writing; and

                     (b)  specify the consumer goods, or product related services, to which the notice relates; and

                     (c)  if the notice relates to consumer goods--state that the specified consumer goods must not be:

                              (i)  supplied in or from the premises; or

                             (ii)  transferred, moved, altered, destroyed or otherwise interfered with;

                            during the period specified in the notice; and

                     (d)  if the notice relates to product related services--state that the specified product related services must not be supplied in or from the premises during the period specified in the notice; and

                     (e)  explain the effect of section 135V or 135W.

             (4)  Despite anything in any other law, a contract for a supply of consumer goods or product related services that is prohibited by an embargo notice is void.

             (5)  If consumer goods are supplied in contravention of an embargo notice:

                     (a)  the supplier must immediately return or refund to the person who acquired the goods any consideration (or the value of any consideration) that that person gave:

                              (i)  under an agreement for the supply; or

                             (ii)  under a related contract or instrument; and

                     (b)  if the goods have been removed from the premises in which they were subject to the embargo notice--the person who acquired the goods must:

                              (i)  return the goods to the premises; or

                             (ii)  notify the supplier of the place where the supplier may collect the goods; and

                     (c)  if subparagraph (b)(ii) applies--the supplier must collect the goods from the place notified to the supplier, and return them to the premises.



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