ACCC institutes contempt of court proceedings against Bon Levi

27 July 2007

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia against Mr Bon Levi for contempt of court. 

The ACCC alleges that Mr Levi has breached orders made against him by Justice Kiefel in the Federal Court on 28 February 2005. 

The orders restrain Mr Levi from selling business opportunities unless he either (i) has run the business successfully for at least six months, or (ii) provides a copy of the orders and certain information about his business experience and aliases to the purchaser. 

The ACCC claims that between December 2005 and September 2006 Mr Levi sold five business opportunities to people located in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth without complying with the orders. The business opportunities involved photographic, gas conversion, and 'Little Joe's' snack food distribution businesses.

The ACCC alleges that Mr Levi was paid over $100,000 for these businesses, which did not come to fruition.

In a directions hearing today, Justice Dowsett ordered, on Mr Levi's application that the matter be transferred to Perth. The next hearing in Perth is scheduled for 10.15am on 10 August 2007.

The ACCC is seeking orders that Mr Levi be committed to prison or fined for contempt of Court. The ACCC is also seeking an order for costs against Mr Levi.

Release number: 
MR 194/07