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Government IT contracts to be scrutinised by UK competition watchdog

Britain's competition regulator plans to investigate whether too few suppliers command an unhealthy share of the government IT market. The Office of Fair Trading is seeking views from technology providers and purchasers working in the public sector to find out if it's tough for small businesses to bid for government contracts …
Kelly Fiveash, 3 Jul 2013
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OFT warns wallet-raiding debt collectors over web ads

Debt management companies have been warned over their use of the internet and social networking when promoting themselves or their services to consumers. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) said the firms risk losing their consumer credit licences if they offer misleading information to consumers through the mediums. The …
OUT-LAW.COM, 27 Mar 2012
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Insurance and IT firms agree rules on sharing price details

Six insurance companies and two IT software and service providers have agreed to change the way price information for motor insurance is shared following concerns that previous practices were violating competition laws. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) said that the insurers shared price details about future motor insurance …
OUT-LAW.COM, 8 Dec 2011
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OFT boss: 'Google is fantastic and should be applauded'

What happens when competition watchdogs lose their teeth – and roll over to have their tummies tickled? Via the influential chair of the Commons Culture Media and Sport Select Committee, John Whittingdale MP, comes a very interesting story today. Whittingdale relates a conversation with John Fingleton, the head of the Office of …
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Debt-management biz may be barred from Facebook etc.

Debt management companies could be prevented from contacting consumers through social media after a regulator review revealed "widespread problems with misleading advertising". In a draft update to its debt management guidance, now out for consultation, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) warned that using social media such as …
OUT-LAW.COM, 2 Sep 2011
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OFT probes dodgy sites that charge for free gov services

The Office of Fair Trading is investigating dodgy websites that charge punters for government services which are available for free. Given the crapness of government websites, it often takes some amount of digging before you find what you want. Enterprising conpersons are getting their sites further up the Google rankings and …
John Oates, 15 Jul 2011
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Culture sec consults Ofcom, OFT on BSkyB merger

Updated Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt is writing to Ofcom and the Office of Fair Trading today to seek advice from the regulators over the proposed merger of television broadcaster BSkyB with Rupert Murdoch's News Corp empire. The move, reported by the BBC, follows the sudden shuttering of Sunday tabloid the News of the World. …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Jul 2011
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UK gov chews over Amazon Book Depository engulfment

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has invited members of the public to comment on Amazon's proposed acquisition of UK-based The Book Depository. "Anticipated acquisition by Inc. of The Book Depository International Limited – issued 5 July 2011," reads a notice on the OFT website. It then advises interested parties …
Kelly Fiveash, 6 Jul 2011

Budget airlines warned over 'hidden' debit card charges

UK consumer watchdogs are threatening enforcement action against airlines and other travel firms over allegedly misleading debit and credit card surcharging practices. The Office of Fair Trading said it was considering action under consumer protection laws in response to a complaint by consumer rights magazine Which?, which …
John Leyden, 29 Jun 2011
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Court orders trader to repay customers after failure to deliver goods

A court has ordered an online trader to refund consumers to whom he failed to deliver goods or pay refunds, the UK's consumer protection regulator the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has said. Pavan Arora must payback customers who bought technology products via websites he operated, the Cardiff County Court ordered, according to …
OUT-LAW.COM, 27 Jun 2011
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Books biz talks up Kindle effect

Digital book sales in the UK rose 38 per cent last year, but they still represent a drop in the ocean. The year saw £120m in reported digital sales out of total sales of £3.1bn reported to the Publishers Association: accounting for just under 4 per cent. The book market here is actually a larger than that – the Association …

Law Commissions call for new consumer compo law

A new law should be created giving consumers the right to take misleading and aggressive businesses to court, the Law Commission and Scottish Law Commission have said. The new law would only apply to transactions between a business and a consumer, the Law Commissions said as they launched a consultation into whether there …
OUT-LAW.COM, 19 Apr 2011
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OFT probes extended warranties

The Office of Fair Trading is launching a short, sharp investigation into the market for extended warranties, having found some stores are not complying with rules imposed after a previous probe. The OFT will investigate the £750m market to see if consumers are getting a fair deal when buying extra guarantees for domestic …
John Oates, 14 Apr 2011
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Culture minister rejects calls for UK probe of Google search biz

Culture minister Ed Vaizey has rejected calls for UK regulators to investigate Google's search business practices. Tory MP Dominic Raab asked Vaizey to comment on why the Office of Fair Trading or indeed the Competition Commission hadn't undertaken their own probes into Google's search product, which currently has a 95 per …
Kelly Fiveash, 6 Apr 2011
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Online car-buying firm agrees to more transparent pricing

An online car-buying company has agreed to change the way it operates after consumer regulator the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) said that was not transparent with customers about its pricing. A year-long OFT study revealed that nearly 96 per cent of people who sold their cars to received less for their vehicle …
OUT-LAW.COM, 4 Apr 2011

Fairness FAIL: When small print contradicts the big print

Companies whose small print changes the basis of consumer deals will face investigation by consumer regulator the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), it has said. According to the OFT, one in five consumers had experienced a contract problem in the last year. The OFT has set out the criteria it will use to judge whether or not …
OUT-LAW.COM, 25 Feb 2011
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OFT restricts use of insurance tool

Competition watchdog the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has reached agreement for limiting the use of a tool produced by credit reference company Experian over fears that it could lead to illegal price co-ordination. Seven insurers and two IT companies have agreed to limit the information they share and the OFT has warned that …
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 Jan 2011
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Government to examine public procurement practices

Competition watchdog the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) will investigate the way Government and local authorities buy services in a bid to ensure that competition law is being respected. The OFT has already studied the role of Government in markets and plans to spend the next year analysing the Government's role in buying, …
OUT-LAW.COM, 22 Dec 2010

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