Competition and Consumer Act 2010

Court dismisses ACCC action against LG

The Federal Court has today dismissed proceedings brought by the ACCC against LG Electronics Australia Pty Ltd (LG).

The ACCC had alleged that LG made false or misleading representations to consumers about their rights in relation to faulty LG products.

In relation to complaints about defects with its televisions, the ACCC alleged LG misrepresented to consumers, retailers, or repairers that:

Get Qualified Australia ordered to pay $8 million penalty

The Federal Court today ordered Get Qualified Australia Pty Ltd (GQA) to pay an $8 million penalty for multiple breaches of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) and its sole director, Mr Adam Wadi, to pay a penalty of $500,000.

This is one of the highest penalties ever awarded for breaches of the ACL.

Justice Beach stated that “the education sector has been infected by the parasitic practices of operators preying upon the vulnerable and the unwary” and that GQA’s conduct was “serious, extensive and deliberate”.

The Court also made declarations that GQA:

ACCC takes action to enforce $50,000 penalty

The ACCC has commenced proceedings in the Federal Court against Mr Tuan Nguyen to enforce payment of a $50,000 penalty previously ordered for breaches of consumer law.

In 2013, the Court found that Mr Nguyen was knowingly concerned in false or misleading representations made by Artorios Ink to five small businesses to sell printer cartridges.

The Court ordered Mr Nguyen to pay a penalty of $50,000 but he made no payments and filed for bankruptcy. 

ACCC takes action against domain registration businesses

The ACCC has instituted proceedings against Domain Name Corp Pty Ltd and Domain Name Agency Pty Ltd (also trading as Domain Name Register) (the Domain companies) alleging that they engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct and made false or misleading representations to Australian businesses about the domain name services they offered.

The ACCC is also alleging that the sole director of both the Domain companies was involved in the conduct.

Egg producer penalised $750,000 for misleading 'free range' claims

The Federal Court has ordered Snowdale Holdings Pty Ltd (Snowdale) to pay penalties totalling  $750,000 for making false or misleading representations that its eggs were ‘free range’, in proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

“This is the highest penalty that a Court has ordered in relation to misleading ‘free range’ egg claims. It reflects the seriousness of Snowdale’s conduct and the importance of egg producers being truthful about marketing claims they make,” ACCC Commissioner Mick Keogh said.

Open markets must benefit consumers or distrust will grow

Markets must work in favour of consumers and the public must be convinced of the benefits of competition or distrust in the market mechanism can grow, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chair Rod Sims warned today.

Addressing the 2017 Australian Conference of Economists in Sydney, Mr Sims signalled any loss of public confidence in market economics puts at risk the positive change countries and institutions are capable of if they embrace an open market system.

ACCC appeals Tribunal decision in Tabcorp-Tatts merger

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has applied to the Federal Court for judicial review of the Australian Competition Tribunal’s decision to grant authorisation for Tabcorp Holdings Limited (ASX:TAH) to acquire Tatts Group Limited (ASX:TTS). 

The Tribunal’s reasons for its decision found that the proposed acquisition was likely to result in substantial public benefits and no material detriment.

Court sentences online electronics store operator to three months imprisonment following ACCC contempt action

The Federal Court has sentenced Dhruv Chopra, the former operator of online electronics stores Electronic Bazaar and Dream Kart, to three months imprisonment for failing to comply with court orders made against him in May 2015, following ACCC action for contempt of court.

The Court ordered Mr Chopra to serve one month of the sentence immediately with the remainder suspended on condition that for a period of five years he stop: