ACCC hunts NetRegister

ACCC hunts NetRegister

Internet Registrations Australia has overstepped the mark again with its latest domain name mailout, landing itself in hot water with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

As reported in ARN this week, the company sent out hundred of domain name renewal notices to companies that were already registered with another provider. The practice sparked the outrage of Larry Bloch, CEO of legitimate and authorised registrar NetRegistry.

The ACCC will take legal action against the company in the Federal Court. The industry watchdog alleges that since January last year, the reseller, which trades as NetRegister, has made false or misleading representations regarding registration and renewal of Internet domain names.

The ACCC takes issue with the way Internet Registrations continues to solicit businesses as if the company had a pre-existing relationship with the client, selling itself as an organisation with the authority to register or renew domain names for four, six, eight or 10 years.

The matter is listed for a Directions Hearing in the Federal Court in Canberra on October 11. As part of the proceedings, the ACCC is seeking orders to have it recognised that Internet Registrations breached the Trade Practices Act and to gain a permanent injunction, which will stop the company from engaging in the same conduct in the future.

Corrective advertising, the completion of a compliance program, refunds and costs may also be sought by the ACCC.

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