ACCC threatens fines if Tiger misleads consumers over future
Tiger: cunning and shrewd in the wild. In its business
practices? Not so much.
Apparently the ACCC advised the airline to caution customers
that flights operating after 9 July may not operate given the
aviation safety regulator, CASA, had placed a suspension on their
flights for safety reasons.
In a stroke of purrrr genius, Tiger decided to ignore the advice
and persisted with selling fares on flights scheduled to operate
after 6am 9 July without disclosing that they were contingent on
CASA lifting the suspension of the airline's licence to
Surprise surprise, the suspension was not lifted.
Tiger has now made a "commitment" to ACCC on the
remedies it will offer customers affected by the suspension of its
flights. Good kitty.
ACCC takes court action against SensaSlim for alleged
Any business that propagates the mantra "nothing tastes as
good as slim feels" should really be force-fed a couple dozen
of those butterscotch fudge donuts from Krispy Kreme, and then get
back to us.
Not eating has probably made SensaSlim, a "slimming
solution" distributor, a little light headed. The ACCC is
prosecuting SensaSlim for making false representations to its
customers in relation to purported scientific trials conducted on
SensaSlim's oral slimming spray and the earnings opportunities
with its franchises.
So what now? Waiting for the fat lady to sing, of course.
Court penalises online ugg boot trader over Australian made
If you ask a group of 10 people to name an iconic piece of
Aussie clothing, odds are one of them will say the ugg boot.
When Marksun Australia Pty Ltd, an online seller of ugg boots,
began saying their ugg boots are sown in Australia when in fact
they're made in China, the ACCC got a little angry and Marksun
copped a $430,000 fine. Ugg.
There are special provisions in the Competition and
Consumer Act for country of origin representations, and the
ACCC takes this stuff very seriously. Best avoided.
$185,000 penalty for misleading allergy treatment claims
People who sneeze even while watching Bondi Vet will tell you
that there is nothing more annoying than being told their allergies
can be tested and treated when they can't.
For those poor pollen pessimists, Newlife Publishing and
Marketing Pty Ltd and Renew You Centre for Wellbeing and
Longevity Pty Ltd and two of its representatives falsely
claimed they could treat and/or cure allergies using the
'BioFast allergy elimination program'.
The miracle treatment involved applying pressure to various
parts of the body when being exposed to potential allergens. What a
ground breaking medical marvel.
The Federal Court thought otherwise. It ordered penalties
totalling $185,000 and, in a first for the ACCC, obtained orders
for a corrective video on YouTube.
Optus fined $5.26 million for misleading broadband
Optus has been a bit naughty in recent months with three of its
major campaigns being savagely devoured by the consumer watch dog.
Most recently on the menu was Optus' "THINK BIGGER"
and "SUPERSONIC" broadband plans.
The ACCC began salivating when Optus represented that customers
would receive a data allowance without disclosing that the service
would be speed limited to 64kbps once the peak data allowance had
The Federal Court fined Optus an impressive $5.26 million for
the broadband campaign. That's the biggest penalty ever for
misleading advertising. The idea was to punish Optus and send a
very clear message to the telco industry about advertising
practices. Mission accomplished. Optus is appealing the
This isn't the only time Optus has been in trouble for its
ads recently. It also got busted when the ACCC found out that its
max cap' mobile plan was actually a minimum spend. That one
cost them another $200,000.
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