Competition and Consumer Act 2010

Yale Prima agrees to provide remedies for JVC-branded televisions sold by Dick Smith

Yale Prima Pty Ltd (Yale Prima) has committed to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission that it will comply with its Australian Consumer Law (ACL) consumer guarantee obligations as a manufacturer in relation to providing remedies to consumers who purchased faulty JVC-branded televisions from Dick Smith prior to 5 January 2016.

As required by the ACL, Yale Prima will offer full refunds to consumers under its own 12 month manufacturer’s warranty for unrepairable televisions purchased from Dick Smith prior to 5 January 2016.

Court imposes $2.75 million in penalties on Bet365 companies for misrepresenting free bet offer

The Federal Court has ordered Hillside (Australia New Media) Pty Ltd (trading in Australia as Bet365) and its UK service company, Hillside (Shared Services) Limited (together, Bet365) to pay penalties totaling $2.75 million for making false representations by Bet365’s ‘free bets’ offer to new customers, in proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Clothing retailer Sportscraft pays penalties of $21,600 for alleged misleading consumer guarantee representations

Clothing retailer APG & Co Pty Ltd, trading as Sportscraft (Sportscraft), has paid penalties totalling $21,600 after being issued with two infringement notices by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission following an investigation into the recognition of consumer guarantee rights in the clothing retail industry.

The ACCC issued the infringement notices because it had reasonable grounds to believe that Sportcraft had made false or misleading representations about consumer guarantees to its customers, in breach of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).

ACCC takes action against debt collection firm ACM Group Ltd

Update: this release has been edited to more clearly identify the ACCC has made allegations against ACM Group Ltd (ACN 127 181 097).

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has commenced proceedings in the Federal Court against debt collection firm ACM Group Ltd (ACN 127 181 097) (ACM Group). ACM Group purchases debts from companies, including telecommunications companies, utility companies and banks, and then attempts to recover all or part of the debt.

The Community Network ordered to pay penalties of $230,000

The Federal Court of Australia has ordered Multimedia International Services Pty Ltd, trading as The Community Network, to pay penalties totalling $230,000 for breaches of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) in its dealings with certain small businesses, in proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

The Community Network sells digital advertising services to small businesses throughout Australia. The advertising is presented on branded LCD screens at various sites such as fitness centres, newsagencies, and shopping centres.

Release of East Coast Gas Inquiry report into the increasingly complex and uncertain gas market

The Federal Government has released the report of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Inquiry into the competitiveness of wholesale gas prices in eastern and southern Australia.

“There has been unprecedented change in the east coast gas market over the last four years with the development of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facilities in Queensland. These changes have created winners and losers, and industrial gas users in particular have been acutely affected by the transition,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

Loyal Coal Pty Ltd admits breaching competition law in relation to Mount Penny coal exploration licence tender process

Loyal Coal Pty Ltd (Loyal) has today agreed to resolve the proceedings brought against it by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Loyal has admitted that in early June 2009 when it was majority owned by members of the Obeid family, it:

Hertz undertakes to refund consumers and improve damage assessment and charging practices

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has accepted a court enforceable undertaking from Hertz Australia Pty Ltd (Hertz) following an ACCC investigation into Hertz’s vehicle damage charging processes.

From 2013 to August 2015, Hertz represented to some of its customers that the vehicle that they had hired was damaged during their rental period, when in fact the damage was pre-existing. Hertz incorrectly invoiced and charged these customers for the vehicle damage.

ACCC takes action against AIPE following a joint investigation with NSW Fair Trading

Following a joint investigation by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and NSW Fair Trading into the conduct of private colleges, the ACCC and the Commonwealth (for Department of Education and Training) has filed proceedings in the Federal Court against Australian Institute of Professional Education Pty Ltd (AIPE).