Scam Alert: Multilevel Marketing Practices
Unfair and illegal multilevel marketing practices have become a concern on an international level for consumer authorities. Indeed, many consumers around the world have complained to econsumer.gov about marketing opportunities that turn out to be pyramid schemes or ponzi schemes.
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Following UK Competition and Markets Authority enforcement action, 3 major secondary ticketing websites have pledged a number of changes to the way information is provided to customers.
Australia - Court orders Ford Motor Company of Australia Limited to pay $10 million penalty for unconscionable conduct
The Federal Court has declared, by consent, that Ford Motor Company of Australia Limited (Ford) engaged in unconscionable conduct in the way it dealt with complaints about PowerShift transmission (PST) cars, and ordered Ford to pay $10 million in penalties. The Court held that Ford’s conduct in responding to consumer complaints about Fiesta, Focus and EcoSport vehicles fitted with PST between 1 May 2015 and 29 February 2016 was unconscionable.
Australia - Australia's High Court dismisses Valve’s special leave to appeal application
The High Court of Australia has dismissed a special leave application by one of the world’s largest online gaming companies, US-based Valve Corporation (Valve), which operates the Steam game distribution platform. Valve had sought special leave to appeal from the decision of the Full Federal Court in December 2017, which upheld the trial judge’s ruling that Valve had breached the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) when selling to Australia users, and that it pay a $3 million penalty.