20 December 2007Commerce Commission test results obtained during an investigation into "all day protection" claims made for some sunscreen products have found that some live up to their claims, while others clearly do not.
20 December 2007A hotel chain has pleaded guilty to eight charges of breaching the Fair Trading Act in a case that reinforces to businesses that advertising "conditions apply" is not sufficient to avoid misleading consumers where the main message of the advertising is misleading.
19 December 2007Kiwibank and New Zealand Post have reached a settlement with the Commerce Commission in relation to a breach of the Fair Trading Act 1986 over a failure to adequately disclose overseas currency conversion fees in on-line customer statements for Prezzy Card.
12 December 2007The Commerce Commission says real estate agents need to heed the warning contained in a recent court case relating to pricing practices to avoid breaching the Fair Trading Act.
10 December 2007Loan customers described by a Judge as some of the "more vulnerable and desperate members of society" are to get a partial refund from a pawn broker after a successful prosecution by the Commerce Commission.
7 December 2007A Waihi-based company that makes a fertiliser product has been convicted and fined for a second time for making misleading claims under the Fair Trading Act.
30 November 2007An appliance retailer has been found guilty of charges under the Fair Trading Act 1986 for making claims that prices were interest free when in fact the prices were more expensive than the cash prices.
28 November 2007A group of companies that has been telemarketing discount travel memberships and vouchers has been ordered to stop breaching the Fair Trading Act, as a result of an injunction sought by the Commerce Commission.
26 November 2007ALT TV, an independently owned television station based in Auckland, has settled with the Commerce Commission and agreed that not disclosing the cost of text messages, and misleading viewers over the nature of a prize offered in a competition, may have contravened sections 11 and 17 of the Fair Trading Act.
22 November 2007A sentencing in the Auckland District Court today has brought to a close three years of action by the Commerce Commission to expose and seek redress for undisclosed and inadequately disclosed overseas transaction fees.
29 October 2007Geneva Finance Limited has refunded $588,114 to over 900 customers, following an out-of-court settlement with the Commerce Commission.
12 October 2007Diners Club has become the eighth financial institution to plead guilty to breaching the Fair Trading Act by failing to properly disclose its currency conversion fees.
17 September 2007The Commerce Commission has issued formal warnings to two companies as a result of its investigations into country of origin labelling for Kiwi Bacon and Premier Bacon and ham products.
12 September 2007In the Auckland District Court yesterday Carrerabenz Diamond Industries Limited pleaded guilty to breaching the Fair Trading Act after it misled customers over the valuation prices of its jewellery.
3 September 2007TSB is the seventh major bank to plead guilty to breaching the Fair Trading Act by failing to properly disclose currency conversion fees paid by its credit card customers between 1 September 2002 and 19 December 2004. TSB customers paid fees of up to 1.75% of their total transactions that were not disclosed on their credit card statements.
30 August 2007
In a settlement with the Commerce Commission, Dell New Zealand Limited has admitted breaching the Fair Trading Act in relation to a number of different representations made about its computers and computer monitors.
Test results confirm pyjamas met safety standards: Commission urges vigilance around fires and heaters
24 August 2007The Commerce Commission today closed its investigation into The Warehouse 'Red Stamp' brand pyjamas after receiving test results confirming the nightwear complied with the product safety standards for children's nightwear.
20 August 2007The Commerce Commission has reached a settlement with Auckland-based Country Life Real Estate Limited, agent and shareholder Miles Wallace, and Avanti Developments Limited, after they admitted breaching the Fair Trading Act by incorrectly marketing and selling a property as a four bedroom home when building consent had only been obtained for a three bedroom home.
26 July 2007The Commerce Commission has reached a settlement with The Warehouse Financial Services Limited which will see the company refund $120,000 to customers who paid hidden foreign exchange fees on the company's Value or Merit MasterCard cards.
8 July 2007Six car dealers in the lower North Island have paid a total of $10,940 in fines and court costs after failing to display Supplier Information Notices or SIN cards on used cars for sale.
21 June 2007A retailer has been fined $12,000 over unsafe wooden toys sold by Notty Horse Wooden Toys in Christchurch's South City Mall. He was also required to pay $1,150 in costs to the Commission.
20 June 2007A man who promoted 'free' flights deals to businesses has been fined $6,000 on a representative charge of breaching the Fair Trading Act.
19 June 2007An Auckland leather furniture company has been fined a total of $36,000 over misleading claims about the 'sale' price of furniture.
15 June 2007ASB is the sixth major bank to plead guilty to breaching the Fair Trading Act by failing to properly disclose currency conversion fees paid by its credit card and debit card customers from March 2002 to March 2005. Customers paid fees of up to 2.35% of the total transaction.
11 June 2007New Lynn company Park 2 Sell has been fined $15,000 for telling customers they weren't protected by the law because they had bought their car on a "tender" basis.
1 June 2007A fertiliser sold under the brand name Probitas did not offer the benefits claimed. The company Probitas Ltd has been fined $200,000 and man who sold it $60,000, in the Tauranga District Court for misleading the public. They have also been ordered to pay $12,499 in costs.
22 May 2007New Zealand victims of a global pyramid scheme are today being sent their compensation from a U.S. $20 million fund set up to compensate victims worldwide.
16 May 2007Kiwibank has become the fifth major bank to plead guilty to breaching the Fair Trading Act by failing to properly disclose currency conversion fees paid by its MasterCard cardholders. Customers paid fees of 2.6% of the total transaction.
16 May 2007The High Court has granted the Commerce Commission leave to serve proceedings against three European companies for an alleged global cartel that affected the New Zealand electricity industry.
7 May 2007Nelson based The Car Company Limited has been fined $15,000 for five offences under the Fair Trading Act.
11 April 2007New Zealanders are being warned about an Austrian company that is sending forms asking organisations to update their listing on the company's website "Fair Guide." The company targets organisations participating in trade fairs.
10 April 2007Retired Carter Holt Harvey executive Maurice Reid has been fined $20,000 for breaching the Fair Trading Act in the Auckland District Court today.
27 March 2007GlaxoSmithKline has pleaded guilty to 15 representative charges of breaching the Fair Trading Act by making misleading claims about the Vitamin C content of Ribena. The Commission investigated after a complaint from two college students who tested the drink for a science project.
26 March 2007Ashley Guy Rhodes has been fined $20,000 in the North Shore District Court for 47 charges of breaching the Fair Trading Act by sending false invoices.
21 March 2007Insight Infotech Limited, trading as Azaks, has been fined $10,000 for selling unsafe baby walkers from its Christchurch stores.
20 March 2007"Think before you click" is one way to keep scammers out of your computer system advises the Ministry of Consumer Affairs and Commerce Commission, as part of this month's fraud awareness campaign.
15 March 2007New Zealand victims of the internet pyramid scam, SkyBiz.com, are advised a final date has been set for claiming a refund from the US $20 million redress fund.
12 March 2007Think that phone call or text message sounds like a scam? "Hang up or delete" is the advice today from the Ministry of Consumer Affairs and the Commerce Commission, as part of Fraud Awareness Month.
6 March 2007As part of Fraud Awareness Month, the Commerce Commission and the Ministry of Consumer Affairs are sending a warning about the increasingly innovative techniques used by scammers to encourage consumers to hand over their money.
15 January 2007The Commerce Commission is investigating TMG Asia Pacific Pty Limited, an Australian based company, for alleged breaches of the Fair Trading Act from their promotions advertised on New Zealand television.
12 January 2007Six motor vehicle traders have been fined more than $9,000, in total, for failing to display Supplier Information Notice (SIN) cards with used motor vehicles for sale. The traders, who were selling from car yards in Hamilton, Rotorua and Auckland, were fined up to $300 for each car that did not carry a card. Another Rotorua car trader - Growth Investments Ltd - has pleaded guilty and will appear in the Rotorua District Court in April 2007 for sentencing.
11 January 2007A Christchurch retailer was fined $12,000 in the Christchurch District Court today for selling unsafe soft toys. Southern Gold Limited, trading as Just $2, breached the product safety requirements of the Fair Trading Act by selling toys that did not comply with the Product Safety (Children's Toys) Regulations 2005.