Posted November 09, 2018 12:15:57 A Victorian Supreme Court has rejected an application to have a litigious litigant association removed from an advertisement for a government-owned gas distribution company.
The High Court heard on Wednesday that the Australian Legal Aid and Legal Aid Society, a national organisation, has been challenging the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) decision that the company can continue to advertise its gas distribution service.
The ALCAs case began in April last year, when the ACCC issued an order that the ALCAS should be removed from advertisements that were published by the Commonwealth and a private member’s bill to amend the Australian Consumer Law, or ACCL.
The ACCC said the advertisements had a “commercial purpose” and “may promote or disparage the goods and services of the Corporation”.
It added that the advertisements did not infringe on the rights of the ALLS and would not “lead to unfair competition”.
The ACCCs ruling was the latest in a series of decisions in the ALCS case.
In December, the High Court ordered the ALA to pay the ACCCs $2.2 million for failing to disclose the name of the organisation and its director when it was registered in the state of Victoria in 2015.
The organisation is fighting the ACCS decision to have its name removed.
The case is now before the Victorian Supreme Courts, which will decide if the ALS should have the name removed or if the ACCs ruling should be upheld.