20 December 2002In a High Court case taken by the Commerce Commission, Grenadier Real Estate Limited has admitted breaching the Fair Trading Act with respect to misleading advertising of a Lyttleton property for auction in November 2000.
18 December 2002In a settlement with the Commerce Commission, the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC) has admitted breaching the Fair Trading Act and agreed to refund customers for undisclosed transaction fees overcharged since 1996.
17 December 2002In a significant case for the motor vehicle industry, Daewoo Automotive
6 December 2002Brendon Thomas Meo, owner and director of Solstar Limited, has admitted breaching the Fair Trading Act in relation to misleading representations as to the place of origin of his wine.
1 December 2002The Commerce Commission is to prosecute Qantas Airways Limited and Air New Zealand Limited for misleading advertising of airfares, Director of Fair Trading Deborah Battell told the Travel Agents Association of New Zealand (TAANZ) at its 40th Anniversary Conference in Taupo yesterday.
26 November 2002The Commerce Commission has concerns about the promotion of a weight loss and cellulite removal product, Celluslim, and warns consumers to think twice before buying.
Commission sends warning to clothing retailer: Hugh Wrights "Receivership" Sale misleading
25 November 2002The Commerce Commission has sent a warning to clothing retailer HW Munns Limited following advertising of a Hugh Wrights Receivership Sale.
20 November 2002In the second airline industry prosecution by the Commerce Commission in less than a fortnight, Polynesian Limited, trading as Polynesian Airlines, was fined $7,500 plus costs in the Auckland District Court today for misleading advertising.
15 November 2002The Mill Liquorsave fined $5,000 for
12 November 2002South Pacific Charters Limited, trading as Freedom Air International, was fined $10,000 including costs in the Auckland District Court last Friday, having pleaded guilty to eight breaches of the Fair Trading Act in advertising the cost of airfares.
6 November 2002Poor processes and not learning from its mistakes cost Mighty River Power, trading as Mercury Energy, $14,000 in the Auckland District Court yesterday. The company pleaded guilty to two charges of breaching the Fair Trading Act.
31 October 2002Willem Klaas Stolte, owner/operator of Masterton Poultry Farm, was fined $10,000 in the Masterton District Court yesterday after pleading guilty to breaching the Fair Trading Act in relation to the sale of free-range eggs sold under the Hen House brand.
18 October 2002Electronic Arts New Zealand Limited has admitted breaching the Fair Trading Act, and has agreed, in a settlement with the Commerce Commission, to reimburse and apologise to nearly 9,000 customers for not disclosing postage and handling costs during a 'buy one get one free' promotion.
14 October 2002Consumer warning about bicycle safety
8 October 2002Two investigations into Masterton supermarket Write Price have prompted the Commerce Commission to alert consumers to the fact they need to be vigilant at the supermarket checkout and to warn supermarkets to make sure their till pricing accurately reflects in-store specials.
Commission sends warning to real estate industry - advertised prices must reflect vendors' expectations
6 October 2002Two key judgements against Palmerston North real estate agency Century 21 Morris Realty and its agent Bette Ireland have reinforced the Commerce Commission's view that real estate agents must accurately reflect a vendor's price expectations when advertising property.
4 October 2002For the second time in less than a year, Clear Communications Limited today pleaded guilty in the North Shore District Court to breaching the Fair Trading Act. Judge Henwood fined Clear $6000 and warned the company that any further offending of this nature would attract a much higher fine.
3 October 2002A nationwide campaign by the Commerce Commission to increase awareness of the new safety standard for baby walkers has confirmed that traders and childcare providers are already taking heed of the regulations, but that there is still room for improvement.
3 October 2002The Deanery comes under Commerce Commission scrutiny
19 September 2002ANZ Bank was fined $7,500 plus $1,130 costs in the Wellington District Court yesterday for breaching the Fair Trading Act in relation to a promotion offering nearly 10,000 of its existing customers an ANZ MasterCard with a pre-approved $5000 limit. In addition, Judge Tuohy acknowledged the bank had to write off $2.3million as a result of the campaign as a whole and had suffered the publicity attached to a prosecution.
All bets are off! International co-operation results in successful court action against ex-New Zealander
10 September 2002International co-operation between the Commerce Commission and its Australian counterpart, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), has resulted in the successful court action against an ex-New Zealander for breaching the Australian Trade Practices Act 1974. Following admissions by Gold Coast businessman, Robert James Price, the Federal Court in Brisbane has found that he misled consumers and, in one instance, acted unconscionably in connection with the marketing and sale of horse betting software in Australia and New Zealand.
2 September 2002In the second juice industry prosecution by the Commerce Commission in
22 August 2002Plumbing World was fined $10,000 in the Palmerston North District Court today for breaching the Fair Trading Act in relation to a letterbox flyer circulated nationwide in September last year.
14 August 2002Rio Beverages Limited was fined $22,600 plus court costs in the Auckland District Court today for five breaches of the Fair Trading Act relating to false and misleading claims about its Thexton's Quality Beverages range of products.
1 August 2002Following a warning to the public last month, the Commerce Commission has successfully sought an interim injunction against what it considers may be a pyramid scheme run by New Zealand registered company, Infinity Concierge NZ Limited. The interim injunction prevents Infinity Concierge from operating or promoting the scheme. The injunction also effectively freezes any money in its bank account and prevents it from cashing any un-presented or unprocessed payments of membership fees.
29 July 2002Auckland business Elldex Packaging Limited was fined $5,000 plus costs in the Auckland District Court on Friday for breaching the Fair Trading Act in relation to misleading representations about the place of origin of its all-purpose cling film wrap product.
19 July 2002The Commerce Commission warns members of the public to be very careful before joining what it considers is likely to be a pyramid scheme run by New Zealand registered company, Infinity Concierge NZ Limited.
17 July 2002Souvenir and tourist retailer, Simply New Zealand, was fined $3,000 in the Auckland District Court today for breaching the Fair Trading Act regarding country of origin claims on souvenir t-shirts sold in its Wellington Airport and central Christchurch shops.
11 July 2002Anthony John Hendon was fined $20,000 in the North Shore District Court today after pleading guilty to 55 breaches of the Fair Trading Act relating to his businesses, Peach Holdings Limited, Hilltop Printing Limited and Mainland Media Group Limited.
5 July 2002Auckland based Net Guard (New Zealand) Limited has closed down following a Commerce Commission investigation. The Commission had received complaints that Net Guard was operating a sophisticated pyramid scheme in breach of section 24 of the Fair Trading Act.
12 June 2002Auckland trader Gregson Cretchein Mathews was fined $5,000 in the Auckland District Court today for breaching the Fair Trading Act in relation to a "work from home" scam. In addition, Mathews was fined $500 solicitor's fees and $130 court costs.
7 June 2002Star Corporation Limited was fined $48,000 plus court costs of $3,120 in the Waitakere District Court this week for misleading conduct regarding false statements about two mobile telephone directories. Star Corporation pleaded guilty to 24 breaches of the Fair Trading Act.
31 May 2002Holiday Marketing International (NZ) Limited (HMI) was fined $17,500 plus court costs in the Auckland District Court today for misleading the public as to the nature of timeshare presentations it was promoting. HMI pleaded guilty to breaching section 11 of the Fair Trading Act.
17 May 2002A Christchurch fish & chip shop has come under Commerce Commission scrutiny for falsely claiming its food is cooked in cholesterol-free oil. Huntsbury Seafoods has admitted breaching section 10 of the Fair Trading Act in a signed settlement with the Commission.
7 May 2002The Commerce Commission strongly urges the public to have no dealings with internet domain name reseller, Internet Name Protection Pty Limited, trading as Internet Naming Group (ING).
22 April 2002Meridian Energy was fined $12,000 plus costs in the Invercargill District Court today. It admitted six breaches of the Fair Trading Act in relation to an offer to Comalco employees in December 1999.
12 April 2002Notorious trader Michael Knight was fined $3,000 plus $130 court costs in the Auckland District Court today. He was convicted of a total of 33 breaches of the Fair Trading Act relating to the businesses Budget Imports and Francais Imports Limited.
Warning to souvenir traders : All Star Trading ordered to pay $5,200 plus costs for "place of origin" breaches
27 March 2002Christchurch souvenir retailer, All Star Trading Limited, was fined a total of $5,200 in the Christchurch District Court on Monday. It admitted a total of eight breaches of the Fair Trading Act and non-compliance with the Consumer Information Standards regarding country of origin claims on t-shirts sold in its two central city stores in Christchurch.
20 March 2002Fifty-eight consumer protection and health authorities from all over the world swept the internet last month to improve the marketing practices of websites promoting health products, and to pursue fraudulent health businesses.
14 March 2002The Commerce Commission is warning the airline industry to ensure its practices for advertising airfares do not breach the Fair Trading Act or face further prosecutions.
28 February 2002A new mandatory safety standard for baby walkers is being introduced by the Government tomorrow.
27 February 2002Demand Boss Security was fined a total of $4,000 in the Christchurch District Court on Monday. It admitted making claims that members of the public could obtain free alarms, without disclosing that in order to do so a customer had to take a monitoring service for a three year term at a daily cost of $1 + GST. The claims were made in an advertisement in the Southland Times in April.
8 February 2002The true cost of making claims based on misleading information can often be more than a court fine warns Commerce Commission Director of Fair Trading Deborah Battell.
31 January 2002Cyber health scams around the world are under the microscope this week as the Commerce Commission joins forces with 30 other national enforcement agencies worldwide in searching thousands of websites to uncover shonky health claims.
Genesis Power and Source Distribution acknowledges misleading customers over the price of electricity
22 January 2002In a settlement with the Commerce Commission, both Genesis Power Limited and its contractor, Source Distribution Limited, have acknowledged breaching the Fair Trading Act by making claims liable to mislead customers over the price of electricity in the Wellsford area.
Commerce Commission commences court action against Bay of Plenty Electricity over refusals to grant meter access for electricity supply in the Bay of Plenty region
8 January 2002The Commerce Commission has commenced court action against Bay of Plenty Electricity Limited alleging that the company has breached section 36 of the Commerce Act by refusing to enter into metering services agreements and grant meter access to other electricity retailers wishing to enter the electricity retail market in the Bay of Plenty region.