Full Court Minute Books

Case M98/2013

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v. TPG Internet Pty Ltd

Case No.


Case Information

Lower Court Judgment

20/12/2012 Federal Court of Australia (Jacobson J, Bennett J, Gilmour J)

[2012] FCAFC 190; [2013] FCAFC 37


Competition law – Restrictive trade practices – Misleading or deceptive conduct – False or misleading statements – Trade Practice Act 1974 (Cth) (“TPA”) and Australian Consumer Law, Schedule 2 to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (“CCA”) – Full Federal Court overturned in part decision of trial judge that TPG had breached the TPA and CCA – Advertisements represented that internet service could be acquired for $29.99 a month with no additional service or monthly charge and no set up fee – Service was only available in conjunction with a home telephone line that cost an additional $30 a month (the 'bundling condition), as well as upfront charges and a deposit (the 'setup fee condition') – Whether ordinary and reasonable consumer would have starting assumption that an advertised internet service was bundled with telephony services – Whether consumers must consider whole of an advertisement (including small print or quickly spoken detail) in order to correct what would otherwise be misleading headline representations.

Competition law – Penalties – Pecuniary penalties – Full Court reduced pecuniary penalty from $2,000,000 to $500,000 – Whether Full Court failed to adequately consider specific and general deterrence in imposing reduced pecuniary penalty – Whether reduced pecuniary penalty manifestly inadequate.

Short Particulars


16/08/2013 Hearing (SLA, Melbourne)

30/08/2013 Notice of appeal

20/09/2013 Written submissions (Appellant)

20/09/2013 Chronology (Appellant)

11/10/2013 Written submissions (Respondent)

25/10/2013 Reply

01/11/2013 Hearing (Full Court, Canberra) (Audio-visual recording)

12/12/2013 Judgment  (Judgment summary)