• Italy - Secondary ticketing: Italian Competition Authority imposes 1.7 million euro fines on five companies for unfair commercial practices

    21 April 2017
    On 5 April 2017 the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) closed formal proceedings against five companies: Ticketone SpA, the company selling online tickets for shows and leisure events, and four companies operating in the online secondary ticketing market: Viagogo (based in Switzerland), Ticketbis (Spain), Mywayticket (Switzerland) and Seatwave (UK). The proceedings had been started in October 2016 for alleged unfair commercial practices.
  • Australia - ACCC takes action against Apple over alleged misleading consumer guarantee representations

    06 April 2017
    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has instituted proceedings in the Australian Federal Court against Apple Pty Limited and its US-based parent company, Apple Inc., (together, Apple) alleging that Apple made false, misleading, or deceptive representations about consumers’ rights under the Australian Consumer Law.
  • Italy - Samsung fined 3.1 million euros for misleading and aggressive commercial practices in promoting products

    30 March 2017
    On 25 January 2017 the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) imposed a fine on Samsung Electronics Italia S.p.A., subsidiary of the Samsung Group, for infringing the law with two misleading and aggressive commercial practices, related to the marketing of its products.
  • Australia - Jetstar and Virgin to pay penalties for misleading ‘drip pricing’ practices

    08 March 2017
    The Federal Court has ordered Jetstar Airways Pty Ltd (Jetstar) to pay a $545,000 penalty and Virgin Australia Airlines Pty Ltd (Virgin) to pay a $200,000 penalty for breaches of the Australian Consumer Law. In November 2015, Jetstar was found to have made false or misleading representations about specific advertised airfares on its website in 2013 and its mobile site in 2014. Virgin was found to have made false or misleading representations about specific advertised airfares on its mobile site in 2014.
  • New Zealand - First jail sentence in (NZ) Commerce Commission case

    03 March 2017
    Vikram Mehta, owner of mobile trader Flexi Buy Limited (Flexi Buy), has today been sentenced in the Auckland District Court to two years imprisonment after taking money from customers without intending to supply goods as promised. It is the first jail sentence handed down in a prosecution initiated by the Commerce Commission. Flexi Buy told customers that their goods would be supplied once they had made a set number of payments, when it knew they would not be. Between late 2012 and early 2014 Flexi Buy entered into over 300 consumer credit contracts, but only nine customers received their goods.
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