Ozdirect Get ACCC Treatment

ACCC goes after electronic online retailer Ozdirect

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is going after Sydney-based Ozdirect Online Brands Pty Ltd, and its director Paul Albright, for alleged contraventions of the Trade Practices Act 1974.

The conduct relates to the offer for sale of electronic goods on websites including www.ozdirect.com, www.ozdirect.com.au and www.ausbuys.com.

ACCC’s websites says: “The ACCC alleges that Ozdirect accepted payment from consumers for goods it knew, or ought reasonably to have known, it would not be able to supply within a reasonable time, and that it made misrepresentations to consumers, about the availability and likely delivery times of items and also, consumer warranty and refund rights. The ACCC alleges Ozdirect’s conduct was misleading or deceptive and contravened sections 52, 53(g) and 58 of the Act, and that Mr Albright was knowingly concerned in that conduct.”

The ACCC seeks orders including declarations that Ozdirect’s conduct contravened the Act and that Mr Albright was knowingly concerned in that conduct; injunctions, including interim injunctions; findings of fact; an order that Ozdirect implement a trade practice compliance program; and costs.

The matter will be heard next Friday.