Court finds telecommunications bundling to be misleading and third line forcing

5 April 2012:  The Federal Court has made declarations by consent that the company formerly known as Clear Telecoms (Aust) Pty Ltd engaged in both misleading and deceptive conduct and third line forcing.  These declarations relate to the sale of bundled deals of telecommunication services and equipment rental agreements to two small businesses in 2008.  The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission had alleged that the two businesses who took up these bundled offers were enticed to do so through the offer of free equipment and call credits.  The businesses were unaware that they were being signed up to a rental contract for the equipment with an unrelated finance company.

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