Australian Belle Gibson, a popular blogger and cookbook author, was sentenced in Federal court of Melbourne to pay a fine in the amount of 410.000 Australian dollars for the introduction of consumer confusion.
In addition, her book titled the Whole Pantry, which enjoyed great success, was withdrawn from sale in the Internet, wrote on Thursday, 28 September, leading British newspaper the Telegraph.
Gibson claimed in his blog that cured brain cancer with alternative medicine and special food, and also informed the users of the network that the money from the sale of the book allegedly transferred charitable funds. Both of these allegations turned out to false.
Judge Debra Mortimer, leading the case, came to the conclusion that the actions of Gibson qualify as a violation of the law on consumer rights
According to media reports, 25-year-old Australian has earned 420 thousand dollars, creating a media Empire in the social network, as well as releasing a cookbook and the corresponding application on the Internet that talk about healthy lifestyle.
Thus she gained wide popularity: the app is downloaded 411.000 times, was sold 16,000 copies of the book, and in 2014, Elle Australia acknowledged Gibson’s «most inspirational person».
The article notes that the investigation initiated by the office of consumer Affairs of Victoria.