Harvey Norman ordered to pay $1.25 million for misleading
Roll up, roll up! See how Harvey Norman got slammed by the ACCC
for misleading advertising! Now in 3D!
Get those 3D glasses on – actually you probably
won't need them since Harvey Norman isn't selling nearly as
many 3D TVs as advertised in its "3D Finals Fever"
catalogue campaign last year.
The Federal Court said Harvey Norman had falsely represented
that 3D TVs to watch the 2010 AFL and NRL grand finals were
available everywhere that they distributed their catalogue.
Turns out that although the catalogues were distributed
Australia wide, the 3D broadcast was limited to only some
metropolitan cities across the country. So, the Court demanded the
retailer "go Harvey, go!" – all the way to the
bank and cough up a fine of $1.25 million.
ACCC accepts undertaking for formaldehyde misrepresentations in
If there is one thing that women living in a humid town like
Sydney will tell you – it's that frizzy, unmanageable
hair is worse than coal in your Christmas stocking. You can imagine
the excitement that ensued when the new Organix Ever Straight
Brazilian Keratin Therapy products hit town. Word is they'll
make your hair as straight as the bristles on a new broom.
The Australian distributor of this wonder product faced some
curly questions from the ACCC when they failed to mention that the
products contained formaldehyde and other nasties.
The distributor admitted that the representations were untrue
and has provided an undertaking to the ACCC that it will not make
any future misleading representations and will establish a refund
and product exchange program for affected customers.
Phew, that was a close shave.
Wicked Campers pays infringement notices
When you think campervans – you probably think family
holidays – and then naturally you think of the Griswolds
from the National Lampoon movies.
But when the ACCC thinks campervans, it thinks "Wicked
Campers" – who made a number of misleading
representations on its website and in a national backpacker
magazine. The ACCC said that Wicked's ads failed to identify
the single total price for the campervans, as well as failing to
disclose certain fees and charges.
The fact these ads were largely targeted at back-packers, who
are always skint, probably didn't help.
The ACCC issued four infringement notices totalling $26,400.
These notices are a relatively new ACCC power. They're a kind
of on-the- spot-fine – like if you get caught shoplifting
or vomiting in heritage listed houses. Totally wicked dude? Not so
Court finds TPG broadband advertisements false and
Looks like the ACCC has its eyes on the telco and internet
providers. In our last update we reported on how naughty Optus had
been in making various misleading representations in one of its
Now TPG Internet Pty Ltd is on the chopping block for the exact
same thing. Its "$29.99 Unlimited ADSL2+" campaign misled
customers into thinking they could sign up without acquiring any
additional service or paying any additional monthly fee.
Turns out the internet plan was in fact $59.99 per month because
the ADSL2+ service was only available when purchased with home line
rental costing $30 per month. The Court will hand down its penalty
order soon, putting the entire telco industry on hold, with
elevator music on constant loop.
Korean Air Lines penalised $5.5 million for price fixing
The ACCC continues its slaughter of various international
airlines found price fixing on their cargo flights. Korean Air
Lines is the eighth airline to be fed to the lions, ahem, ACCC.
Like Japan Airlines before it, the Federal Court has ordered
Korean Air Lines to cough up $5.5 million for its participation in
the cartel. The orders reflected a settlement with the ACCC after
Korean Air Lines admitted doing the dodge.
This penalty, combined with those already ordered against other
airlines, amounts to a whopping $52 million, being the highest
total penalty in Australia for a single investigation. We've
already boycotted hand towels and complimentary peanuts in
Now we're boycotting those free headsets and toothbrushes
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