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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning consumers to ensure they check the conditions and fees payable for ongoing membership services in connection with discounted online purchases. Fabletics, a US-based exercise clothing retailer, has cooperated with the ACCC and agreed to change its website after the ACCC raised concerns about inadequate disclosure of conditions and the ongoing costs of its “VIP” membership program.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has commenced separate proceedings in the Federal Court against two e-cigarette online retailers alleging that they made false or misleading representations and engaged in misleading conduct by making statements on their websites that their e-cigarette products did not contain toxic chemicals.
The Federal Court has ordered Hillside (Australia New Media) Pty Ltd (trading in Australia as Bet365) and its UK service company, Hillside (Shared Services) Limited (together, Bet365) to pay penalties totaling $2.75 million for making false representations by Bet365’s ‘free bets’ offer to new customers, in proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.