Category Archives: advertising

Computers Now gets software return policy wrong

After PC discounter MSY was stung a whopping $203,500 for misrepresenting consumer warranty rights, we expected that the tech industry would have reviewed their terms with a legal microscope.   Not so, it seems … as we discovered when we … Continue reading

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Over to you, ACMA … Comms Alliance finalises proposed TCP Code (and we show what’s changed)

In 2011, ACMA pressured the telco industry to get its act together on how customers are treated.  After extended drafting and consultation phases, Comms Alliance has submitted an aggressive new TCP Code to ACMA for registration.  The question is now: … Continue reading

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ACCC takes aim at mobile internet

The ACCC has announced the launch of an Information Paper entitled “Mobile and Other Wireless Internet Speed Claims and the Trade Practices Act 1974″. The Information Paper has been developed to assist ISPs and Telcos in ensuring that their advertising … Continue reading

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ACCC executes perfect hit on Telstra, Optus and Vodafone

After months of secret negotiations, Telstra, Optus & Voda have rolled over and ‘offered’ ACCC a court enforceable undertaking … equivalent to court injunctions … to stamp out false advertising in the broadband and telephony industry. When legal advisers warn second and … Continue reading

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Bank of Queensland finances telco scam

Finance companies are racing against time to squeeze money out of Australian small businesses before a major Federal Court case shows that their contracts are unenforceable. Two separate groups of telco companies promoted the notorious telco equipment / finance / servces bundling … Continue reading

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SMS spammers suffer ‘no show’ judgment

We reported in January 2009 that ACMA had launched legal action against a bunch of companies and individuals alleged to be involved in an illegal SMS spam racket. Five of the respondents to the Federal Court action have failed to … Continue reading

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Telstra fined for Do Not Call breaches

Telstra has paid a $101,200 infringement notice for telemarketing to numbers on the Do Not Call Register more than 30 days after they were registered. ACMA announced its biggest scalp yet under the new law, following an investigation into calls … Continue reading

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Spot Check: Are your price reduction ads putting you at risk?

NEW mobile phone!! WAS $399 NOW $199!! BRAND NEW phone!!  $199 – SAVE over 50%!! Ads that show ‘two price’ or ‘was / now’ pricing are common, effective and legal … provided they’re not misleading. There are special rules about … Continue reading

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ACCC hauls Optus into Federal Court

In the latest action in its war on trade practices non-compliance in the telco sector, ACCC has taken Federal Court action against a wholly owned subsidiary of Optus Mobile Pty Ltd. Prepaid Services Pty Ltd supplies phone cards that are … Continue reading

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Component pricing seminar notes available

Seminar notes from today’s popular ‘Component Pricing Law’ seminar at Logie-Smith Lanyon Lawyers are now available for download. Delivered in our trademark style … plain english guaranteed … the seminar offered practical and expert insights into living harmoniously with the … Continue reading

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