The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has announced that it has fined the following financial services providers for making potentially misleading representations to consumers:
The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) has released the press brief Facebook, Twitter & YouTube - What are you doing about Violence Against Women? (August 2014) which sets out APC-developed research into the corporate policies of the global social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to "analyse each platform's mechanism for identifying, reporting and rectifying incidents of harassment or [violence against women]".
The Federal Court of Australia (FCA) has handed down its judgment in Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v Safe Breast Imaging Pty Ltd (No 2)  FCA 998 (16 September 2014). According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), the FCA has fined Safe Breast Imaging Pty Ltd (SBI) and its sole director Joanne Firth A$200,000 and A$20,000 respectively in relation to false representations made by SBI in breach of Schedule 2 (The Australian Consumer Law) to the Competition and Consumer Act (2010) 1974 No. 51 (Cth).
The United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has announced that it has fined (27 August 2014) The Royal Bank of Scotland and National Westminster Bank £14,474,600 for "serious failings in their advised mortgage sales business".
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced that it has accepted an enforceable undertaking (18 August 2014) under the Competition and Consumer Act (2010) 1974 No. 51 (Cth) from Maggie Beer Products Pty Ltd (Maggie Beer), in relation to various allegedly misleading place of origin representations that it made on the labelling of its products, to the public, and in correspondence with retailer Woolworths.
The New York State Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has announced that Macy's Retail Holdings (Macy's) has agreed to pay US$650,000 and undertake various measures to address "complaints of profiling and false detentions at Macy's flagship store in Manhattan's Herald Square".
The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that Robert Titzer, the creator of the purportedly educational product "Your Baby Can Read", and his company The Infant Learning Company have settled charges that they "made baseless claims about the effectiveness of the ... program and misrepresented that scientific studies proved the claims".
The United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has announced that its review of more than 1,500 financial promotions for consumer credit products has found that some are "still falling short of [the FCA's] rules[,] and firms need to do more to ensure that advertisements do not mislead consumers".
The United Kingdom Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has published Misleading and aggressive commercial practices - new private rights for consumers (August 2014), which provides guidance for businesses, as well as consumers, on changes introduced by The Consumer Protection (Amendment) Regulations 2014 No. 870 (UK) (the Regulations).
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