The consumer watchdog is taking a printer cartridge company to the Federal Court over allegations that the company misled businesses over the supply of ink cartridges.
Artorios Ink, its director Tuan Nguyen, and sales manager, Thuan Nguyen, are alleged to have "engaged in conduct that was misleading or deceptive and made false or misleading representations involving the supply of printer cartridges to businesses, many of which were small businesses."
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said during 2011 and 2012, Artorios Ink misled businesses by alleging they had agreed to purchase printer cartridges and that Artorios Ink claimed to be the business' current supplier, when no such agreement was made.
The ACCC also alleged that Artorios Ink falsely claimed it had launched legal proceedings in the Magistrates' Court of Victoria against the business to force them to pay for printer cartridges. The ACCC is seeking to impose financial penalties on Artorios Ink as well as banning Tuan Nguyen and Thuan Nguyen from managing a company in Australia.
The matter will go before the Federal Court in Victoria on October 10.
Artorios Ink was contacted for comment, but did not return Fairfax Media's calls.