3 December 1999The Otahuhu District Court today fined importer Geeta Trading Company Limited $6,000 plus $390 costs for importing 3,600 babies rattles that broke easily and were a choking and inhalation hazard.
16 November 1999The Commerce Commission sees furniture retailers' compliance with the Fair Trading Act as poor, it is prosecuting two retailers, is preparing prosecutions against two more and more court action may follow.
Mothercare fined $4,000 after not honouring settlement: clothing did not meet fire safety and care labelling standards
11 November 1999The Auckland District Court yesterday fined Greenbark Enterprises Limited, which trades as Mothercare New Zealand, $4,000 plus $550 costs for selling children's night clothes that did not meet the fire safety standard and other clothing that did not meet the care labelling standard.
11 October 1999The Commerce Commission is throwing off its enforcement hat this week in favour of friendly visits to educate Hamilton traders. They will be joined by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs.
5 October 1999Commerce Commission action in the travel industry has continued with Judge Graeme Noble in the Christchurch District Court fining Gullivers Pacific Group Limited, trading as Budget Travel, $8,000 for breaching the Fair Trading Act.
Southern Cross and Aetna to pay reimbursements of more than one hundred thousand dollars, rewrite policies and pay costs
14 September 1999The Commerce Commission has settled court action against Southern Cross Medical Care Society and Aetna Health (NZ) Limited after the health insurance companies agreed to pay reimbursements of more than one hundred thousand dollars to affected policy holders, rewrite the relevant policies and pay $5,000 towards the Commission's legal costs.
3 September 1999The Commerce Commission and Ministry of Consumer Affairs will be visiting the Wairarapa on Tuesday September 7 to Wednesday September 8 to visit shops and businesses to discuss the Fair Trading and Consumer Guarantees Acts and other consumer protection issues.
31 August 1999The Commerce Commission has seized emeralds and other gemstones worth several hundred thousand dollars from a Tauranga company, Hot Ice International Limited.
157 retailers warned they risk breaching lighter standard, distributors and manufacturers being investigated
19 August 1999The Commerce Commission has warned 157 retailers that they risk breaching the product safety standard for cigarette lighters and is investigating some distributors and manufacturers of cigarette lighters.
5 August 1999The Commerce Commission has obtained interim injunctions stopping the operation of an alleged pyramid scheme, Maximus Intermediaries Limited, and freezing its bank accounts.
4 August 1999This example of fine print in advertising is real. It is from one of the Commerce Commission cases being discussed tomorrow at a seminar about advertising regulation, being run by the Commission and the advertising industry.
21 July 1999The Commerce Commission and the Fire Service will visit shops tomorrow (Thursday July 22) to check that cigarette lighters are child resistant.
19 July 1999The importer of "Pureit" water filters, Beasam Holdings Limited, has admitted that its advertising included incorrect statements and was liable to be misleading because the filters do not remove Giardia and Cryptosporidium.
27 June 1999FAI Home Security Holdings New Zealand Limited was fined $10,000 in the New Plymouth District Court on Friday after it admitted making false claims that security guards would attend rural Taranaki properties if home burglar alarms were activated.
30 May 1999The second Fair Trading Act conviction this year for retail chain Hill & Stewart Appliances Limited is a warning to all businesses offering hire purchase agreements: if they advertise interest rates they must show all additional costs.
Court imposes highest fine to date and highest possible compensation order against Lisa Morton in pyramid case
28 May 1999The Napier District Court today imposed a total fine of $ 30,000 and the highest compensation order a District Court can make, $200,000, when it sentenced Lisa Sharon Morton for running two pyramid schemes.
6 May 1999Judge Adeane convicted Lisa Morton in the Napier District Court this afternoon on two charges laid under section 24 of the Fair Trading Act 1986 for promoting two pyramid schemes, Joker 88 and Liberty Group Bonds.
23 April 1999The Commerce Commission and Ministry of Consumer Affairs will be visiting Blenheim businesses on Tuesday April 27 to Wednesday April 28 to discuss the new cigarette lighter safety standard and other consumer protection issues.
18 April 1999The Commerce Commission is stepping up its enforcement action against pyramid selling schemes and more prosecutions are likely.
25 March 1999More Commerce Commission action against small print highlights this is still a Fair Trading Act problem.
7 March 1999In a settlement with the Commerce Commission, Telecom New Zealand Limited has admitted that in 1998 a number of its cellphone advertisements breached the Fair Trading Act.
25 February 1999The Commerce Commission and Ministry of Consumer Affairs will be visiting South Auckland on Monday March 1 to Wednesday March 3 to discuss the Fair Trading and Consumer Guarantees Acts and other consumer protection issues.
20 January 1999Retail chain Hill & Stewart Appliances Limited admitted in the Auckland District Court today that its promotion of Sanyo cordless telephones failed to clearly disclose that the telephones were second-hand and was therefore misleading and breached the Fair Trading Act.