Valve’s ongoing lawsuit with the ACCC is coming to an end, after the High Court of Australia dismissed the company’s special leave application to appeal their $3 million fine.
The ACCC announced this morning that the High Court’s decision means that the Full Federal Court’s ruling remains in effect. Valve had sought leave to appeal the original decision from 2016, whereby Justice Edelman fined $3 million for refusing to provide Australians with refunds for video games from 2011 to 2014.
In a hearing earlier this afternoon, the Federal Court has fined Valve $3 million over breaches of Australian consumer law for their lack of an advertised refund policy on Steam from 2011 to 2014.Read more
As reported earlier this week, the Federal Court ruled that Valve was guilty of breaching Australian Consumer Law.Read more
“As a result of the High Court’s refusal of special leave, the Full Federal Court’s decision that Valve is bound by the ACL in its dealings with Australian customers, despite being based overseas, is the final decision on this issue,” the ACCC wrote.
“This important precedent confirms the ACCC’s view that overseas-based companies selling to Australian consumers must abide by our laws,” Sarah Court, commissioner at the Australian consumer watchdog said.
“If customers buy a product online that is faulty, they are entitled to the same right to a repair, replacement or refund as if they’d walked in to a store.”