What is Unfair Trade Practice as per New Consumer Court Act,2019?
"unfair trade practice" means a trade practice which, for the purpose of promoting the sale, use or supply of any goods or for the provision of any service, adopts any unfair method or unfair or deceptive practice including any of the following practices-
i) making any statement, whether orally or in writing or by visible representation including by means of electronic record, which-
a. falsely represents that the goods are of a particular standard, quality, quantity, grade, composition, style or model
b. falsely represents that the services are of a particular standard, quality or grade
c. falsely represents any re-built, second-hand, renovated, reconditioned or old goods as new goods
d. represents that the goods or services have sponsorship, approval, performance, characteristics, accessories, uses or benefits which such goods or services do not have
e. represents that the seller or the supplier has a sponsorship or approval or affiliation which such seller or supplier does not have
f. makes a false or misleading representation concerning the need for, or the usefulness of, any goods or services
g. gives to the public any warranty or guarantee of the performance, efficacy or length of life of a product or of any goods that is not based on an adequate or proper test thereof. Where a defence is raised to the effect that such warranty or guarantee is based on adequate or proper test, the burden of proof of such defence shall lie on the person raising such defence
h. makes to the public a representation in a form that purports to be-
A. a warranty or guarantee of a product or of any goods or services
B. a promise to replace, maintain or repair an article or any part thereof or to repeat or continue a service until it has achieved a specified result, if such purported warranty or guarantee or promise is materially misleading or if there is no reasonable prospect that such warranty, guarantee or promise will be carried out
i. materially misleads the public concerning the price at which a product or like products or goods or services, have been or are, ordinarily sold or provided, and, for this purpose, a representation as to price shall be deemed to refer to the price at which the product or goods or services has or have been sold by sellers or provided by suppliers generally in the relevant market unless it is clearly specified to be the price at which the product has been sold or services have been provided by the person by whom or on whose behalf the representation is made
j. gives false or misleading facts disparaging the goods, services or trade of another person.
ExplanationFor the purposes of this sub-clause, a statement that is,--
A. expressed on an article offered or displayed for sale, or on its wrapper or container; or
B. expressed on anything attached to, inserted in, or accompanying, an article offered or displayed for sale, or on anything on which the article is mounted for display or sale
C. contained in or on anything that is sold, sent, delivered, transmitted or in any other manner whatsoever made available to a member of the public, shall be deemed to be a statement made to the public by, and only by, the person who had caused the statement to be so expressed, made or contained;
ii) permitting the publication of any advertisement, whether in any newspaper or otherwise, including by way of electronic record, for the sale or supply at a bargain price of goods or services that are not intended to be offered for sale or supply at the bargain price, or for a period that is, and in quantities that are, reasonable, having regard to the nature of the market in which the business is carried on, the nature and size of business, and the nature of the advertisement.
ExplanationFor the purpose of this sub-clause, "bargain price" means,--
A. a price that is stated in any advertisement to be a bargain price, by reference to an ordinary price or otherwise
B. a price that a person who reads, hears or sees the advertisement, would reasonably understand to be a bargain price having regard to the prices at which the product advertised or like products are ordinarily sold
a. the offering of gifts, prizes or other items with the intention of not providing them as offered or creating impression that something is being given or offered free of charge when it is fully or partly covered by the amount charged, in the transaction as a whole
b. the conduct of any contest, lottery, game of chance or skill, for the purpose of promoting, directly or indirectly, the sale, use or supply of any product or any business interest, except such contest, lottery, game of chance or skill as prescribed
c. withholding from the participants of any scheme offering gifts, prizes or other items free of charge on its closure, the information about final results of the scheme.
ExplanationFor the purpose of this sub-clause, the participants of a scheme shall be deemed to have been informed of the final results of the scheme where such results are within a reasonable time published, prominently in the same newspaper in which the scheme was originally advertised.
iv) permitting the sale or supply of goods intended to be used, or are of a kind likely to be used by consumers, knowing or having reason to believe that the goods do not comply with the standards prescribed by the competent authority relating to performance, composition, contents, design, constructions, finishing or packaging as are necessary to prevent or reduce the risk of injury to the person using the goods
v) permitting the hoarding or destruction of goods, or refusal to sell the goods or to make them available for sale or to provide any service, if such hoarding or destruction or refusal raises or tends to raise or is intended to raise, the cost of those or other similar goods or services
vi) manufacturing of spurious goods or offering such goods for sale or adopting deceptive practices in the provision of services
vii) not issuing bill or cash memo or receipt for the goods sold or services rendered in such manner as prescribed
viii) refusing, after selling goods or rendering services, to take back or withdraw defective goods or to withdraw or discontinue deficient services and to refund the consideration thereof, if paid, within the period stipulated in the bill or cash memo or receipt or in the absence of such stipulation, within a period of thirty days
ix) disclosing to other person any personal information given in confidence by the consumer unless such disclosure is made in accordance with the provisions of any law for the time being in force.
Pradeep K Khatana