ACCC Takes Contempt Action Against Online Store Boss
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has commenced proceedings in the Federal Court against the CEO of a online website flogging consumer electronics and cameras.
CEO Dhruv Chopra is facing serious contempt of court charges following action by the ACCC.
The move comes after orders made in a Federal Court by Justice Middleton on 11 May 2015 found that Mr Chopra, the sole operator of the online electronics store Electronic Bazaar, made false or misleading representations about the availability of refunds and the extent of Electronic Bazaar’s liability for faulty goods.
The ACCC asserts that Mr Chopra, through his involvement in the online electronics store Dream Kart, has breached the previous set of orders by again made false or misleading representations about the availability of refunds and the extent of his business’ liability for faulty goods.
“The ACCC sought and obtained orders from the Court to prevent Mr Chopra from making false or misleading representations to consumers about their consumer guarantee rights under the Australian Consumer Law,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.
“The ACCC will not hesitate to pursue contempt of court action when it considers that Court orders, obtained for the protection of consumers, have been breached.”
The ACCC is seeking declarations that Mr Chopra is guilty of contempt, an order for imprisonment and/or payment of a fine.
The matter will be heard in court on the 2nd of December 2016.