Advertising

Two retailers of adjustable beds and mobility products pay $20,400 in penalties

Retailers Clews Holdings Pty Ltd (Clews), which supplies Seniors Plus products, and D Burnz Investments Pty Ltd (D Burnz), which supplies Better Living Australia products, have each paid $20,400 in penalties following the issue of two infringement notices to each company by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Kogan pays $32,400 penalty for alleged false or misleading representations in a Father's Day promotion

Online retailer Kogan.Com Pty Ltd (Kogan) has paid penalties totaling $32,400 following issue of three infringement notices by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.  Kogan is a major online retailer and is well-known for selling electronic products.

The ACCC issued the infringement notices because it had reasonable grounds to believe that Kogan had made false or misleading representations about the price of three computer monitors advertised by Kogan during a Fathers’ Day promotion on its eBay store, in contravention of the Australian Consumer Law.

Harvey Norman franchisee ordered to pay penalties of $52,000 for false or misleading representations about consumer rights

The Federal Court has ordered a Harvey Norman franchisee, Bunavit Pty Ltd (Bunavit), to pay a total of $52,000 in penalties for making false or misleading representations regarding consumer guarantee rights, in proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Federal Court orders Electrodry franchisor to pay $215,000 in penalties for fake testimonials

The Federal Court in Sydney has ordered the franchisor of the Electrodry Carpet Cleaning business, A Whistle & Co (1979) Pty Ltd, to pay total penalties of $215,000 for its involvement in the publishing of fake testimonials on the internet, following action by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Electrodry is a franchised business that provides carpet, drapery, grout, upholstery, and mattress cleaning services with over 100 franchisees in Australia excluding Sydney.

ACCC acts on alleged false or misleading strike through pricing by Froothie Australia

Athena Solutions Pty Ltd trading as Froothie Australia (Froothie), the supplier of Optimum branded kitchen appliances, has paid a penalty of $10,800 following the issue of an infringement notice by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Froothie supplies Optimum branded domestic and commercial kitchen appliances such as blenders and juicers on the Froothie website.

Optus pays $51,000 in penalties for alleged false or misleading representations about cable broadband internet speeds

Optus Internet Pty Limited has paid penalties totalling $51,000 following the issue of five infringement notices by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. The ACCC has also accepted an enforceable undertaking from Optus.

The ACCC issued the infringement notices because it had reasonable grounds to believe that Optus had made false or misleading representations in relation to the data transfer rates (or ‘speeds’) offered on its existing cable broadband plans.

Court finds Nurofen made misleading Specific Pain claims

In proceedings commenced by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the Federal Court has found that Reckitt Benckiser (Australia) Pty Ltd (Reckitt Benckiser) engaged in misleading conduct in contravention of the Australian Consumer Law by representing that its Nurofen Specific Pain products were each formulated to treat a specific type of pain, when the products are identical.

The Nurofen Specific Pain product range consists of Nurofen Back Pain, Nurofen Period Pain, Nurofen Migraine Pain and Nurofen Tension Headache.

Kailis Bros pays $10,800 penalty for alleged misleading prawn meat labelling

Kailis Bros Pty Ltd (Kailis Bros) has paid a penalty of $10,800, following the issue of an infringement notice by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

The ACCC issued the infringement notice because it had reasonable grounds to believe that Kailis Bros had engaged in conduct likely to mislead the public about the manufacturing process used to produce its frozen ‘Just Caught Prawn Meat’, in contravention of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).

The packaging of the Kailis Bros’ Prawns contained:

Uncle Tobys (Cereal Partners Australia) pays $32,400 in penalties for alleged false or misleading representations about Uncle Tobys oats

Cereal Partners Australia Pty Ltd (CPA), the manufacturer and distributor of Uncle Tobys brand oats,  has paid penalties of $32 400 in relation to alleged false or misleading representations about the protein content of certain Uncle Tobys brand oats products. This followed the issue of three infringement notices by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Epharmacy pays $32,400 in penalties following ACCC infringement notices for alleged false or misleading representations

Epharmacy Group Pty Limited (Epharmacy), the owner of the websites for Chemist Warehouse, My Chemist, and Epharmacy, has paid penalties totalling $32,400 following the issue of three infringement notices by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Epharmacy is part of the My Chemist Group which includes ‘Chemist Warehouse’ and ‘My Chemist’ branded pharmacies.