22 December 2000The Australian Federal Court has found that the International ATTM Card Scheme, which was promoted widely in the North Island by World Netsafe Pty Limited, is an illegal pyramid and referral selling scheme and has ordered that Aus$4 million be returned to people who had bought into the scheme by December 1999.
21 December 2000In settlements with the Commerce Commission over the last two months, five businesses have recalled banned candles that have wicks containing lead.
Ticketek prices were in Australian dollars: warning that ticketing companies must state what currency they are using
13 December 2000After Ticketek New Zealand Limited did not disclose that its prices for a Barbra Streisand concert in Sydney were in Australian dollars, the Commerce Commission is warning all ticketing companies to clearly state what currency they are using when selling tickets.
Commission crack down on claims about real estate:"The Professionals" Orewa Property Shop pleads guilty
12 December 2000The Commerce Commission stepped up its action against false or misleading claims about real estate, with the conviction today of Orewa Property Shop Limited, trading as The Professionals.
29 November 2000In a settlement with the Commerce Commission, the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) has acknowledged that a claim in its credit card brochures made a misleading representation to non-business consumers about their rights and breached the Fair Trading Act.
21 November 2000In more Commerce Commission action against car dealers, the Nelson District Court today fined Haven Motors Limited $5,000 for breaching the Fair Trading Act by making misleading claims about an "interest free" offer.
Freedom Communications fined $8,000: cellphone calls advertised at 5 cents a minute cost 99 cents a minute
15 November 2000The Auckland District Court today fined Freedom Communications Limited $8,000 for breaching the Fair Trading Act by advertising cellphone calls at 5 cents a minute but charging 99 cents a minute.
9 November 2000The Auckland District Court has fined an Auckland man, Terrence Samuel Wall, $8,000 for promoting in New Zealand two overseas-based pyramid selling schemes, "Focus International Credit Card Plan" and "World Net International Inc."
8 November 2000Commerce Commission action against misleading use of small print continued today with the Auckland District Court fining ASB Bank Limited $6,000 for breaching the Fair Trading Act.
Computer retailer Gateway fined $21,500: second company convicted for small print in a week, warning to all advertisers
6 November 2000The Commerce Commission says that the conviction of two companies in a week for small print issues should be seen as a warning to all advertisers: small print cannot save advertising from being misleading.
30 October 2000The Dunedin District Court today fined South Pacific Air Charters Limited, which is part of the Air New Zealand group and trades as Freedom Air International, $4,000 for making false or misleading claims about the prices of its "Christmas airfare sale".
30 October 2000Commerce Commission action against misleading claims by furniture retailers continued today with the sixth successful prosecution since March the Tauranga District Court fined Homeworld (Tga) Limited $6,500 for breaching the Fair Trading Act.
Enterprise cars fined $33,000: warning to all consumers, dealers not disclosing key information and trade-in claims
29 September 2000The Auckland High Court today fined Enterprise Motor Group Limited and one of its subsidiaries, Enterprise Motor Group (Panmure) Limited trading as Enterprise Nissan, a total of $33,000 highlighting two nation-wide problems: car dealers not disclosing key information and making misleading claims about the availability of trade-ins.
14 September 2000In the Commerce Commission's third website case in the last five weeks, Cogent Communications Limited, trading as Hart Candy, was fined $7,000 in the Auckland District Court for breaching the Fair Trading Act by making misleading claims about cellphones.
Toy importer Deco Fashions to pay fines and costs $9,260 for 45,000 unsafe toys: Shell and Barnardo's had choking hazard teddy bears
14 September 2000The Auckland District Court today ordered toy importer, Deco Fashions Limited, to pay $9,260 in fines and costs after it supplied 45,000 unsafe teddy bears to Shell New Zealand Limited and Shell donated some of the teddy bears to the Barnardo's Children's Trust.
Highest ever Fair Trading Act order: Maximus pyramid selling scheme liable for more than $3.1 million
13 September 2000The Auckland High Court today imposed the highest order yet under the Fair Trading Act when it ordered that Maximus Intermediaries Limited was a pyramid selling scheme and entered judgment against the defendants who are liable to pay more than $3.1 million to people who had bought into the scheme.
12 September 2000The Hamilton District Court today fined independent stock agent Hugh Roderick Chisholm $4,000 after he admitted that he had deliberately falsified saleyard dockets and overcharged a farmer $3,920 for cattle.
6 September 2000The Commerce Commission's prosecution of Michael Hill Jeweller Limited has shown that the Fair Trading Act applies to claims made on websites.
TrustPower to publish corrective advertising and write to consumers, Commission also warns Wrightson
4 September 2000Power company TrustPower Limited has agreed that it risked breaching the Fair Trading Act when it made claims to consumers that is "the only electricity supply company which is predominantly New Zealand-owned". The Act prohibits misleading and deceptive conduct.
Fifth furniture retailer convicted in five months: $7,260 fines and costs, "leather lounge suites" were vinyl and leather
31 August 2000Commerce Commission action in the furniture industry continued today, when the Christchurch District Court ordered Garry Brian McCone and Stephen Jack Brian, who trade as Christchurch Auctions, to pay fines and costs totalling $7,260 for breaching the Fair Trading Act.
Commission continues action on food promotions: New World corrective ads, "beef sausages" were mutton
28 August 2000Commerce Commission action against allegedly false claims about food continued today, with Thorndon Supermarket Limited, which trades as Thorndon New World, publishing corrective advertising what it had called "beef" sausages were made from mutton.
More Commission action against car dealers: Mitsubishi dealer fined $3,000 for misleading claims about prices of new cars
15 August 2000Commerce Commission action against misleading claims by car dealers continued today with Christchurch Mitsubishi dealer, Landseer Motor Investments Limited trading as Donnithorne Simms being fined $3,000 for making misleading claims about the prices of new cars.
2 August 2000The Auckland District Court today fined Neil Jeffrey Crozier and Suzie Dianna Crowe a total of $3,600, plus $520 costs, for breaching the Fair Trading Act by making false claims that businesses needed the services of the website and e-mail addresses created by Mr Crozier and Ms Crowe.
28 July 2000Commerce Commission takes court action against NZ distributor of cellulite product "Cellasene"
22 June 2000The Dunedin High Court today ordered a permanent injunction preventing Myriad Marketing Limited and Sweetline Distributors Limited distributing "Big Baby" and "Chewy Baby" brand toy baby bottles with removable teats. The companies consented to the injunction being made.
Fourth furniture retailer convicted in three months: Panmure Furniture City pays $10,000 Fair Trading fines and costs
20 June 2000Commerce Commission action against misleading claims by furniture retailers has continued with the Auckland District Court ordering Panmure Furniture City 1983 Limited to pay an $8,000 fine plus $2,000 solicitor's costs.
More Commission action against oil companies: Mobil and Caltex misleading advertising of petrol prices
15 June 2000The Commerce Commission has warned Mobil Oil New Zealand Limited and Caltex New Zealand Limited to take urgent steps to ensure that they do not make misleading claims about petrol prices, or they will face prosecution under the Fair Trading Act.
15 June 2000The Commerce Commission has issued this clarification to explain in more detail why the Omarama Service Station was charging more for Mobil petrol at its pumps than was advertised on the roadside sign.
7 June 2000KRK Holdings Limited and its sole director and shareholder, Koshik Kanji, were fined a total of $11,000 in the New Plymouth District Court today. They admitted making false claims that security guards would attend rural Taranaki properties if home burglar alarms were activated. They also admitted offering gifts that they told prospective customers were worth $75 while promoting the sale of the FAI Alarm systems. The real value of the gifts was not more than $30.
24 May 2000Commerce Commission action against fine print continued today, with the North Shore District Court fining Cellphone Accessories Mail Order Service Limited $6,000 for making false or misleading claims about prices.
10 May 2000The Wellington District Court today fined Shell New Zealand Limited $10,000 after it admitted breaching the Fair Trading Act by making misleading claims about the price of petrol at its Franz Josef petrol station.
1 May 2000The Commerce Commission's prosecution of Waitemata Backcare Beds and Waterbeds Limited highlights one of the main concerns the Commission has about furniture retailing: "interest free" offers must be the same as the cash price.
Ihug agrees that its advertising of Internet service and PC package was liable to mislead the public about prices
14 April 2000In a settlement with the Commerce Commission, The Internet Group Limited, which trades as Ihug, has agreed that some of its advertising was contrary to the Fair Trading Act and other advertisements were liable to mislead the public and risked breaching the Act.
11 April 2000Fines against companies associated with the North South Furnishings Group Limited now total $23,000 after the Upper Hutt District Court today fined Hazelwoods Home Traders Limited $15,000 for breaching the Fair Trading Act by making false or misleading claims about furniture.
31 March 2000The first court case resulting from the Commerce Commission's crack down on false or misleading claims by furniture retailers ended today with the Napier District Court fining retailer Furniture Now Limited $8,000.
30 March 2000Failing to honour an earlier settlement with the Commerce Commission led to husband and wife Seung Ho Ahn and Choon Hee Ahn being prosecuted and fined $2,000 in the Auckland District Court yesterday afternoon.
9 February 2000The Auckland District Court today fined Spotlight Stores New Zealand Limited $7,500 for misleading customers about savings available during promotions in its Christchurch store in October, November and December 1998.
3 February 2000As part of the Commerce Commission's action against false or misleading claims about cars, the Commission is highlighting what it believes is a common practice among car dealers increasing prices for "sale" and trade-in promotions, and making false or misleading claims about reductions.
Important Fair Trading Act precedents: partners can be criminally liable for each other's actions; silence can mislead
19 January 2000Criminal convictions of Dianne Stephanie Burton and Brian Charles Carson as the partners who ran Folio Model and Talent Management have set important precedents for all partnerships a partner can be criminally liable under the Fair Trading Act for the actions of other partners.
Commission has big concerns about car dealers' false or misleading claims, more prosecutions to come
4 January 2000The Commerce Commission is very concerned that car dealers continue to make false or misleading claims, and will take more prosecutions for alleged breaches of the Fair Trading Act.