The Australian federal court yesterday fined Scott bikes importer Netti Atom and its national sales manager and part-owner Mr Paul Feltis a total of AUD121,250 after the company was found to have contravened anti-price-fixing regulations.
Justice Finkelstein of the Federal Court, Melbourne ordered Netti to pay AUD110,000 for breaching the resale price maintenance provisions of the Trade Practices Act 1974, and Mr Feltis AUD11,250 for being "knowingly concerned in the conduct". The court also ordered Netti Atom to pay a contribution of AUD10,000 toward the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) costs.
In bringing the case back in August, the Commission alleged that Netti Atom had attempted to induce retailers to whom it supplied Scott bikes not to advertise the bikes on their websites below the company's recommended retail price.
Justice Finkelstein ordered Netti Atom to write to Scott dealers informing them of the outcome of the case, to publish an article in Bicycling Australia magazine and implement a trade practices compliance program.
"This outcome should serve as a warning to all suppliers that resale price maintenance will not be tolerated," ACCC Chairman, Mr Graeme Samuel, said.
Mr Paul Feltis declined to comment when contacted by BikeRadar.