Background

Bannister Law is well advanced in its investigations of launching consumer class action against the companies that operated Bet365.com.au (as operated by Hillside (Australia New Media) PTY LTD Trading as BET365 (ACN 148 920 665) and Hillside (Shared Services) Limited).

On 15 September 2015 the ACCC action which resulted in the Federal Court ruling that Bet365’s conduct, in relation to its “$200 FREE BETS FOR NEW CUSTOMERS” offer, was misleading or deceptive or likely to mislead or deceive, and that it was also involved the making of false representations.

The Justice Beach of the Federal Court of Australia has also found in relations to the FREE BETS Offer (18 March 2013 to 30 January 2014) that;

  • in relation to s 29(1)(m), there was a false or misleading representation as to the existence, alternatively the ambit and significance, of the terms and conditions of the “$200 FREE BETS FOR NEW CUSTOMERS”
  • in relation to s 29(1)(i), saying something is for “free” amounts to a statement of a $0 price. In my view, there was a false or misleading representation with respect to price given the dominant and misleading message of “free”
  • by the dominant message of “free” and the downplaying, to say the least, of the terms and conditions, the cumulative effect amounted to a false or misleading representation concerning “value”
  • it was not established that a consumer would be aware, if knowing one condition, would then proceed to identify all the conditions that Bet365 sought to impose.

The Justice Beach of the Federal Court of Australia determined that:

“New customers who had not previously used such types of services were drawn into this web of deception. But other customers who had used such types of services before may have been similarly enticed.”

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