Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Finance company fined for its part in toxic water claims

Finance company fined for its part in toxic water claims investigation

Auckland based finance company Tiny Terms Limited has been fined $77,200 in the Auckland District Court today for its part in the door to door sale of water filters by Love Springs Limited.

Tiny Terms provided finance for the purchase of Love Springs’ water filters. Consumers who agreed to purchase water filters were signed up to 2 year rent-to-own agreements.

As a creditor Tiny Terms was required to disclose information about the terms of the contract to debtors and to do so in a manner that could be clearly and easily understood. Tiny Terms failed to do this and as a result breached sections 17 and 32 of the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act 2003. Tiny Terms also breached the Fair Trading Act by trying to enforce these contracts where it had no right to do so because of its inadequate disclosure.

Between July 2009 and December 2010, Tiny Terms entered into a total of 21,523 credit contracts and each of those credit contracts was for $1,595.

Commerce Commission Head of Investigations Ritchie Hutton said today’s sentencing sends out a strong message to both consumers and creditors.

“It is important that consumers understand the cost of buying goods on credit. Creditors must provide information to consumers about their credit contracts to help them do this and this information must be set out clearly. Where creditors, such as Tiny Terms do not do this they can expect to face significant penalties.”

“This brings to a close a very successful investigation involving Tiny Terms, Love Springs and Phillip Smart,” said Mr Hutton.

In December 2013, Love Springs and its director Phillip Smart were fined a total of $555,000 after Love Springs sales staff were trained to sell water filters using deliberate marketing tactics that took advantage of people’s fears about their health. As a result sales staff told consumers that local drinking water could cause cancer, birth defects and miscarriages and was dangerous to people’s health.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Revenue Renewal: Tax Modernisation Programme Launched

Revenue Minister Todd McClay today released the first two in a series of public consultations designed to modernise and simplify the tax system. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business:
NZ Puts Seven New Oil And Gas Areas Put Up For Tender

A total of seven new areas will be opened up to oil and gas exploration under its block offer tendering system, as the New Zealand government seeks to concentrate activity in a few strategically chosen areas. More>>

ALSO:

Half Full: Dairy Payouts Steady, Cash Will Be Tight

Industry body DairyNZ is advising farmers to focus on strong cashflow management as they look ahead to the 2015-16 season following Fonterra's half-year results announcement today. More>>

ALSO:

First Union: Cotton On Plans To Use “Tea Break” Law

“The Prime Minister reassured New Zealanders that ‘post the passing of this law, will you all of a sudden find thousands of workers who are denied having a tea break? The answer is absolutely not’... Cotton On is proposing to remove tea and meal breaks for workers in its safety sensitive distribution centre. How long before other major chains try and follow suit?” More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news