Consumer rights

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).

Federal Court finds Valve made misleading representations about consumer guarantees

The Federal Court has found that Valve Corporation (Valve), through its online game distribution platform Steam, and its Steam website, engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct and made false or misleading representations to Australian consumers about the consumer guarantees under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), in proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

ACCC hosts National Consumer Congress

Today’s National Consumer Congress in Sydney will bring together consumer groups, community organisations and government to discuss the upcoming review of the Australian Consumer Law, protecting consumers online, and issues affecting disadvantaged and vulnerable consumers.

Opening the ACCC’s annual event, Chairman Rod Sims said consumer protection laws are an essential part of a successful market place.

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.

ACCC takes action against FDRA for alleged consumer law breaches in Aboriginal communities

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has commenced proceedings in the Federal Court against FDRA Pty Ltd (FDRA) (formerly known as Angel digital) and its shareholder and director Jackson Anni (also known as Temitope Ayodele Anifowose) alleging unconscionable conduct, false or misleading conduct, and breaches of the unsolicited consumer agreement provisions of the Australian Consumer Law in the supply of electronic tablet devices.