Competition and Consumer Act 2010

Court declares former migration company director Radovan Laski bankrupt

A former director of migration company Clinica Internationale Pty Ltd (Clinica), Radovan Montague Laski (aka Rod or Rodney Laski), has been declared bankrupt by the Federal Circuit Court after an ACCC application for a sequestration order.    

The Court made the order following Mr Laski’s failure to pay more than $380,000 in legal costs after action by the ACCC led to a Federal Court judgment against him.

Decathlon pays $1.5 million for selling sporting goods that did not comply with safety standards

The Federal Court has ordered Decathlon (Australia) Pty Ltd (Decathlon) to pay penalties of $1.5 million for selling sports and recreation goods that did not comply with applicable mandatory safety standards, in breach of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).

Decathlon admitted that, between January 2016 and December 2019, it supplied 432 basketball rings and backboards and 307 portable swimming pools which did not comply with the relevant Australian mandatory safety standards.

Phoenix Institute acted unconscionably and misled students

The Federal Court has found that former training college Phoenix Institute of Australia Pty Ltd (Phoenix) and its marketing arm, Community Training Initiatives Pty Ltd (CTI), made false or misleading representations and implemented systems of unconscionable conduct in relation to online diploma courses.

Phoenix and CTI were found to have misled consumers and acted unconscionably when marketing to students and enrolling them into online diploma courses in 2015 under the VET FEE-HELP loan program.

Full Federal Court finds Employsure Google Ads misleading

The Full Federal Court has today unanimously upheld an appeal by the ACCC in relation to Google Ads published by workplace relations advisor Employsure Pty Ltd.

The Full Court found that Employsure had breached the Australian Consumer Law by making misleading representations that it was, or was affiliated with, a government agency, overturning the judgment of Justice Griffiths that dismissed this claim at first instance. 

Telstra, Optus and TPG allegedly misled consumers over NBN maximum speeds

The ACCC has instituted separate proceedings in the Federal Court against each of Telstra Corporation Ltd (Telstra), Optus Internet Pty Limited (Optus), and TPG Internet Pty Ltd (TPG) for making alleged false or misleading representations in their promotions of some 50Mbps and 100Mbps NBN plans, in breach of the Australian Consumer Law.