Valve Appeals $2.4M Fine (Again) in Australian Legal Battle
Valve has filed another appeal in its lawsuit with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) over Steam's refund policy, Gamasutra reports. The legal battle started back in 2014. A federal court found Valve guilty of breaking consumer law and hit it with a $2.4 million fine. Valve appealed the ruling and lost. It's now applying to Australia's High Court for "special leave" in an attempt to once again overturn the federal court decision.
"The Full Court found Valve carried on business in Australia, and was therefore bound by the Australian Consumer Law in its dealings with customers here," ACCC chairman Rod Sims said after the first appeal was dismissed. "This case sets an important precedent that overseas-based companies that sell to Australians must abide by our law. All goods come with automatic consumer guarantees that they are of acceptable quality and fit for the purpose for which they were sold, even if the business is based overseas."