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Valve Loses $3M AU Fine Appeal

Business Insider Australia reports Valve has lost its legal appeal over the $3 million AUD fine they were hit with in late 2016 over Steam's refund policies. Here's the summary:

The Federal Court found in the ACCC’s favour in March 2016, fining the company $3 million in December of that year.

The Court found Steam’s terms and conditions, and refund policies, included false or misleading representations about consumers’ rights to obtain a refund for games if they were not of acceptable quality.

Justice Edelman was scathing in his judgment, saying “Valve’s culture of compliance was, and is, very poor” and its evidence “disturbing”.

Valve “formed a view …that it was not subject to Australian law… and with the view that even if advice had been obtained that Valve was required to comply with the Australian law the advice might have been ignored” and also “contested liability on almost every imaginable point”.

In December last year, the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia dismissed Valve Corporation’s appeal against a ruling.

Valve had sought special leave to appeal that decision in the High Court, which today dismissed that application.

The High Court decision means the original fine stands.

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