28 December 19971997 saw more court action being taken by the Commerce Commission, important legal precedents being set and higher penalties being imposed by courts.
19 December 1997Chrysler importer, Astre (NZ) Pty Limited was fined $10,000 in the Auckland District Court yesterday, after admitting it made misleading claims about the prices of Jeeps.
18 December 1997In the Auckland District Court today, Enerco New Zealand Limited admitted its "Buy Smart" and "Home Smart" gas promotions were misleading, pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay fines and costs totalling $14,535.
18 December 1997*On 27 November 1998 Rushton DCJ ruled that Bell South New Zealand was not in breach of the Fair Trading Act.*
17 December 1997Southland's largest appliance retailer, Rice Refrigeration Limited, has admitted that it breached the Fair Trading Act by making misleading claims about prices.
14 December 1997After a Commerce Commission investigation, three magazines, Fashion Quarterly, Cleo and She & More, will publish apologies for misleading consumers about subscription offers.
11 December 1997A subsidiary of Blue Star Group, New Zealand Office Products Limited, has been fined $5,000 after admitting it breached the Fair Trading Act by making misleading claims about prices.
6 December 1997As the Commerce Commission ends an investigation involving a bicycle importer and distributor, it is warning anyone buying bicycles to check them carefully preferably before buying and certainly before the bicycles are ridden.
5 December 1997The Christchurch High Court has rejected an appeal by Leo van Dijk against his conviction and fine of $10,000 plus $2,000 costs for operating a pyramid selling scheme.
30 November 1997"There is a big problem with cellphone promotions," Commerce Commission Chairman Dr Alan Bollard said today.
19 November 1997The electricity industry is facing significant Commerce and Fair Trading Act issues, some of which are before the courts now, while others will hopefully be resolved without court action Commerce Commission Chairman Dr Alan Bollard said today.
7 November 1997The Wellington High Court yesterday imposed injunctions on Enza subsidiary, Stefan's Fresh Juice Company, promotions of orange juice, after finding that the promotions were misleading and breached the Fair Trading Act.
5 November 1997This example of fine print in advertising is real. It is from one of the Commerce Commission cases being discussed today at a seminar about advertising regulation, being run by the Commission and the advertising industry.
31 October 1997As part of a settlement with the Commerce Commission, Revlon New Zealand Limited is publishing corrective advertising to ensure that what its customers see is what they get, and is offering dissatisfied customers a refund.
30 October 1997The Commerce Commission is continuing its investigation into food labelling and promotional material.
9 October 1997Commerce Commission action against misleading cellphone promotions continued today with the Christchurch District Court fining Ben Rumble Communications Limited and Bennie Arthur Rumble a total of $8,000 for breaching the Fair Trading Act.
8 October 1997Hart Candy Communications Ltd has admitted that its advertising of cellphones breached the Fair Trading Act.
18 September 1997Several issues affecting Commerce Commission court actions are among those raised in the Commission's annual report tabled in Parliament today.
10 September 1997The Commerce Commission and Ministry of Consumer Affairs will be visiting Tauranga on Monday September 15 to Wednesday September 17 to visit shops and businesses to discuss the Fair Trading and Consumer Guarantees Acts and other consumer protection issues.
3 September 1997A five-member Korean government delegation will meet the Commerce Commission tomorrow to study New Zealand's competition law, the Commerce and Fair Trading Acts.
29 August 1997A further Commerce Commission prosecution has brought the total fines and costs imposed on people involved in the Black Magic pyramid selling scheme to $29,000.
29 August 1997The Auckland District Court was today strongly critical of Accent Holidays Ltd when it fined it $25,000 for breaching the Fair Trading Act by making misleading claims to promote time shares.
21 August 1997"False invoices", "proforma invoicing", "rogue publishing", and telefraud - it goes by various names, but it is all a scam that is costing New Zealand businesses millions of dollars a year.
17 August 1997The Commerce Commission said today that, in its view, the distributor of Soft Seaweed Soap, SCI Natural (NZ) Ltd, had made false claims that the soap would help people lose weight, and may have breached the Fair Trading Act.
8 August 1997The Commission has withdrawn the warnings given to Alpine Energy Limited, Dunedin Electricity Ltd, Electricity Invercargill Ltd and The Power Company Ltd concerning attempts to contract out of the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993.
5 August 1997In the first significant case involving employment advertising under the Fair Trading Act, a Christchurch District Court judge yesterday fined the Prudential Assurance Company of New Zealand Ltd a total of $23,000.
29 July 1997As part of a settlement with the Commerce Commission, Les Mills World of Fitness has changed its television advertising to ensure that it does not mislead potential members about joining fees.
28 July 1997The Commerce Commission intends to further increase compliance with the Commerce and Fair Trading Acts through a mix of enforcement action, surveillance and education in the 1997-1998 financial year (1 July 1997 to 30 June 1998).
25 July 1997The Commerce Commission has warned 29 power companies that their contracts for domestic consumers are at risk of breaching the Fair Trading Act.
23 July 1997The Christchurch District Court today fined Leo Van Dijk $10,000, plus $2,000 solicitor's costs, for breaching the Fair Trading Act by promoting a pyramid selling scheme known variously as "Black Magic", "Magic 95" and "Black Magic 95".
29 June 1997After a Commerce Commission investigation into misleading claims about fat content, Woolworths (NZ) Limited has changed the way it labels and checks meat.
26 June 1997Analysis of comments made by Judge Green in sentencing Bond and Bond to a record $63,000 Fair Trading Act fine shows that his decision makes a significant change to when using recommended retail prices is misleading and a breach of the Fair Trading Act.
11 June 1997The Commerce Commission has warned Endeavour International Ltd that the company's retirement savings scheme, the Endeavour Plan, risks breaching the Fair Trading Act because it includes pyramid selling.
29 May 1997The Commerce Commission has found no evidence that Telecom's Internet service provider (ISP), Xtra, is breaching the Commerce Act by offering below cost access to the Internet.
8 May 1997The Christchurch District Court has imposed the highest fine yet under the Fair Trading Act, $63,000, on Bond and Bond Limited after the company admitted breaching the Act by running a series of misleading advertising campaigns.
5 May 1997As part of a settlement with the Commerce Commission, Ford Motor Company of New Zealand Limited has admitted its Shoctober promotion breached the Fair Trading Act because extra costs were not explained, and is paying refunds to 121 customers.
1 May 1997The Commerce Commission has published what is the only detailed plain English guide to the Fair Trading Act intended specifically for people running their own businesses, managers and anyone else responsible for day-to-day business decisions.
29 April 1997Bond and Bond Limited admitted in the Christchurch District Court that a series of advertising campaigns running for four months was misleading and breached the Fair Trading Act.
6 April 1997As part of an investigation focusing on weight loss products, the Commerce Commission has warned pharmacists that they risk breaching the Fair Trading Act if they promote weight loss products that do not work.
25 March 1997The Commerce Commission is continuing investigations and enforcement action in the food industry, Commission Fair Trading Manager Rachel Leamy told industry representatives today.
18 March 1997The conviction of Pacific Dunlop Holdings (NZ) Limited for making misleading claims about Plumrose Light Deli Ham sets a significant precedent for the food industry - a factually correct statement can still be misleading and breach the Fair Trading Act.
17 March 1997Electronic commerce is giving the Commerce Commission many new enforcement issues to solve, but the scams and misrepresentations appear to be much the same as those made via traditional media.
12 March 1997As the Commerce Commission begins court action against two New Zealand based pyramid selling schemes, it is warning people that pyramid selling is illegal.
12 March 1997The Commerce Commission and Ministry of Consumer Affairs are inviting all Rotorua business people to a seminar about the Fair Trading Act and the Consumer Guarantees Act on Wednesday March 19.
26 February 1997The Commerce Commission and the Department of Labour are inviting all Wanganui business people to a seminar about the Fair Trading Act and the Health and Safety in Employment Act on Wednesday March 5.
24 February 1997The Commerce Commission said today that it is concerned that misleading statements have been reported about the Edge Computer Ltd prosecution.
20 February 1997The Wellington District Court today imposed the highest single fine yet under the Fair Trading Act, when it fined Edge Computer Ltd $50,000 for selling computer components which did not have the memory claimed for them.
17 February 1997In what is believed to be the first successful prosecution of its type in the world, Edge Computer Ltd has admitted breaching the Fair Trading Act by selling computer motherboards which did not have the memory claimed for them.
14 February 1997Sunscreen manufacturer, Boots Healthcare, voluntarily came to the Commerce Commission because it was concerned about the labelling of one of its own sunscreens, Tripleguard SPF 50+.