By Cheung Kam Yi, Kammy
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About 300 annoyed cruise passengers refused to leave the ship on 6th February 2014, after a 6-day trip held by Miramar Travel. The ship was supposed to unload the passengers at Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay, one of the top tourist attractions. Yet, it was not allowed to stop at the port due to sunken barge as reported so Miramar Travel cancelled the event. This disgruntled many passengers, which demanded compensation. The application of contract law to this issue is discussed in this post.
By CHAN Yat Hong, Victor
Back in 2010, along with the introduction of the iphone 4 in the Worldwide Developer Conference, Steve Jobs introduced the concept of Retina Display. According to Steve, with a display somewhere around 300 pixels per inch (ppi), the pixels will be so packed that a human eye will not be able to differentiate among the pixels at a typical viewing distance. In other words, the graphics will be projected perfectly onto our retina without any noticeable distortions due to pixelation. With a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch, Steve Jobs claimed that iphone 4 is the first phone ever made that features a retina display. Later on, most of the products of apple were labeled “with retina display” to emphasize the quality of their screens.
By Lau Brian Siu Lam
The request for amendments on trade description ordinance has been raised for years and now it finally came to an end by the response from the consumer council. Lots of defraud cases had been unrevealed but sellers were not accused for their misleading sales. I bet most of you still remember the case took place in 2008 that the DR Group misled its customers by injecting the patient’s blood back to its vein and nearly caused their deaths.
By Chen Jiajun
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On June 15th, 2013, a piece of news sparked public discussion. The Ministry of Agriculture announced that they had issued licenses to import three new kinds of genetically modified (GM) soybeans, namely Lntacta RR2, CV127 and Liberty Link.
Whether GM food is safe has always been a controversy for long. Is it proper for Ministry of Agriculture to import GM soybeans when debate in global society has never been settled?
By Tsui Hiu Ying Angeline
Please take a look at this video:
Many students go to tutorial classes organized by private education centers. But how many of the students really understand all the terms and conditions before applying for the courses? The above case may have already violated the the Trade Descriptions Ordinance since it misled students that they were going to have lessons with the ‘King of Chemistry’.
By Leung Lok Yin Ronald
The old Trade Description Ordinance only prohibits false trades to goods but not services. As there are more and more frauds and false trade description about services such as broadband services, body-trimming services etc. Therefore there is great demand from the public to amend the ordinance so that consumers can be protected from commonly seen unfair trade practices in consumer transactions. In a bid to satisfy the needs of citizens, government has enhanced the current Ordinance.
By Kong Ka Wai
Great Wall Motor’s warranty costs have nearly doubled to 1.8% of its revenue from 1% in 2010 when it began to offer car warranties two years ago
(Article and image retrieved from http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1321997/lemon-law-may-squeeze-small-carmakers)
In Oct 1 2013, a strengthened vehicle warranty law started to take place in China. The new “lemon law” protects Chinese consumers just like their counterparts in the United States, which includes obtaining free repair of defaults and replacement of defective vehicles. They will also have the right for a full refund or replacement of vehicle if safety issues are not resolved after two repairs within a two-year warranty period.
By Lam How Woon
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According to the Centre of Food Safety, the numbers of people being affected by food poisoning in Hong Kong ranged from 1056 to 2547 over past five years. Nevertheless, 80% of the cases were related to unlicensed food businesses. Reported by Sun Daily on 20th June 2013, The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has charged unlicensed restaurants at Tin Shui Wai and MongKok for more than 130 times and 280 times respectively, these restaurants are yet earning huge profits. This has raised my awareness and concern on unlicensed restaurants in Hong Kong.
By Nathalie Lam
Turtle jelly produced by Hoi Tin Tong has become a heatedly debated topic in Hong Kong after the company was accused of selling moldy jelly by its former employee Choy Kwok-keung (Siu, 2013). Choy uploaded a video showing a worker cleaning the mold off turtle jelly before selling it, which went viral within days. This caused worried customers to demand a refund on cash coupons. The herbal chain stepped up to sue Choy for defamation (“Herbal firm sues”, 2013), before finding itself in more trouble as a separate study conducted by the City University of Hong Kong revealed that the product contained almost no plastron, the supposed vital ingredient. What follows this series of events?
By Li Tsz Ting
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BBC News China – Hong Kong taxi driver sued for 6 cent overcharge
This is a news about a taxi driver overcharging a passenger with 50 cents. The actual fare was $136.5, but as the passengers paid, the taxi driver kept 50 cents of the changes. He believed that rounding up to the nearest dollar was a common practice in Hong Kong. However, the passenger did not agree in this way and sued the taxi driver. Over the last six months, the prosecution offered no evidence, therefore the lawsuit was withdrawn at last. Although the 50 cents is just a small amount to most people, the associated taxi issue involved many parts.