ACCC Consumer Protection Enforcement, August 2011

Court penalises SMS Global $85,000 for misleading consumers

Issued 10th August 2011 NR 139/11

The Federal Court in Melbourne has imposed penalties totalling $85,000 against SMS Global Pty Ltd (SMS Global) and its Director, Carl Krumins for misleading consumers by falsely representing that it was endorsed by the government.

Brazilian Blowout ‘formaldehyde-free’ representations likely to mislead

Issued 29th August 2011 NR 155/11

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has accepted a court-enforceable undertaking from Privity Pty Ltd (trading as Haircare Australia) for representing that the hair straightening product ‘Brazilian Blowout’ did not contain formaldehyde.

ACCC institutes proceedings against Energy Watch

Issued 26th August 2011 NR 154/11

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court, Melbourne against Energy Watch Pty Ltd and Mr Benjamin Polis for alleged misleading or deceptive conduct and making false representations in contravention of the Australian Consumer Law.

ACCC takes action against Victorian meat suppliers for ‘King Island’ origin claims

Issued 25th August 2011 NR 150/11

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has instituted legal proceedings in the Federal Court, Melbourne, against two Victorian meat retailers alleging false and misleading representations about meat claimed to originate from King Island, Tasmania.

South Australian rainwater tank retailer admits misleading customers

Issued 25th August 2011 NR 149/11

Tank Broker Pty Ltd has paid three infringement notices totalling $19,800 issued by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for failing to prominently state the full price of rainwater tanks.

AustarACCC takes contempt action against Sensaslim director

Issued 16th August 2011 NR 144/11

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has commenced proceedings against Peter O’Brien alleging contempt of court.

AUSTAR contracts likely to mislead consumers about price

Issued 5th August 2011 NR 137/11
AUSTAR Entertainment Pty Ltd has admitted its contracts were likely to mislead consumers and breach Australian Consumer Law. Following an investigation by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, AUSTAR has offered a court enforceable undertaking to provide clear and prominent explanations of the costs of its subscription television packages

Aldi and Spring Gully Foods honey representations likely to mislead

Issued 3rd August 2011 NR 134/11

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has accepted court enforceable undertakings from Aldi Foods Pty Ltd and Spring Gully Foods Pty Ltd in relation to misleading claims about the composition of Aldi’s ‘Just Organic’ honey.

Industry and Commerce business directory promotion declared misleading

Issued 29th July 2011 NR 132/11

The Federal Court in Sydney has found that the Spanish-based company, European City Guide S L, trading in Australia as Industry and Commerce, misled Australian small businesses into signing up with its online business directory.

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