The mobile phones retailer, Allphones, has been fined $45,000 for violating Court orders previously issued in 2008.
The Australian Competition and Consumers Commission (ACCC) took Allphones to the Federal Court three years ago on behalf of the chain’s franchisees following allegations that Allphones provided franchisees with incorrect and possibly misleading information on dispute resolution with the business.
Allphones was required to conform to several Court enforceable undertakings, two of which it has been accused of breaching including withholding consent to the assignment of an Allphone franchise if franchisees would not signed a deed to release Allphones from liability.
ACCC must also be told within seven days if Allphones wanted to withhold consent to assignment of a franchise should the retailer want a new franchisee to enter into a new agreement.
ACCC chairman, Graeme Samuel, said that the fine shows that the consumer watchdog and the Court takes breaching of Court orders very seriously.
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