Consumer Protection, Statute and the Ongoing Influence of the General Law in Singapore

Singapore Academy Law Journal, Vol. 28, 2016

U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper

32 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2019

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Jeannie Marie Paterson

University of Melbourne - Law School

Veronica Wong

Alderuccio Solicitor

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

Consumers seeking redress for misleading and other types of wrongful conduct by traders will usually seek to rely on the rights provided under consumer protection statutes, primarily in Singapore the Consumer Protection (Fair Trading) Act (Cap 52A, 2009 Rev Ed) ("CPFTA''), even where well-established doctrines in equity, contract and tort may also be available to provide relief. This body of general law doctrines and principles nonetheless remains influential in interpreting and applying the provisions of consumer protection statutes. This article considers the rights and remedies given to consumers under the CPFTA, the role of the general law in interpreting these provisions and also, given the inevitable scarcity of relevant case law, the imperative to have regard to the judicial interpretation of comparable legislative regimes in other jurisdictions.

Keywords: consumer protection, statutes, Singapore

JEL Classification: K00, K19

Suggested Citation

Paterson, Jeannie Marie and Wong, Veronica, Consumer Protection, Statute and the Ongoing Influence of the General Law in Singapore (2016). Singapore Academy Law Journal, Vol. 28, 2016; U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3326956

Jeannie Marie Paterson (Contact Author)

University of Melbourne - Law School ( email )

University Square
185 Pelham Street, Carlton
Victoria, Victoria 3010
Australia

Veronica Wong

Alderuccio Solicitor

Melbourne
Australia

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