Australia’s competitors regulator stated on Thursday a courtroom has
ordered the native unit of Samsung Electronics (005930.KS) to pay a
penalty of A$14 million ($9.65 million) over deceptive claims
a couple of water-resistance function in a few of its smartphones,
Samsung Australia admitted to deceptive consumers of a few of its
‘Galaxy’ telephones concerning the water-resistance degree, the Australian
Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) stated. The regulator had
first sued the corporate in July 2019.
The regulator stated that between March 2016 and October 2018, the
firm ran in-store and social media commercials that claimed
the telephones may very well be utilized in swimming pools or sea water.
The ACCC, nonetheless, acquired lots of of complaints from customers
saying the smartphones didn’t perform correctly and even stopped
working completely after being uncovered to water.
The claims “promoted an necessary promoting level for these Galaxy
telephones. Many customers who bought a Galaxy telephone might have been
uncovered to the deceptive adverts earlier than they made their determination to
buy a brand new telephone,” stated ACCC Chair Gina Cass-Gottlieb.
Samsung didn’t instantly reply to a Reuters request for