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Chinese companies file class-action against Amazon

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Amazon is again in the firing line, after several Chinese companies filed a class-action against the major eCommerce retailer

The organisations filed the class-action complaint against Amazon for banning them from the Amazon marketplace over their use of paid reviews, a new complaint filed on September 13th claims.

Over the course of the past year, the online retailing giant has cracked down on companies soliciting paid reviews on its platform, with reports that it has now permanently banned 600 Chinese brands across 3,000 seller accounts.

The companies listed in the complaint include those trading as Sopownic, Slaouwo, Deyixun, Cstech, Recoo Direct, Angelbliss, and Tudi.

Each organisation is seeking “recovery of funds that are being illegally and improperly withheld by Amazon” and are filing the class action to “stop any further misappropriation and misuse of funds that are legally and rightfully due to thousands of Amazon sellers and merchants.”

The US-based online retailer has a strict policy which bans “incentivised reviews,” which was enacted in 2016.

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The companies don’t deny that they violated Amazon’s policy

But the businesses main problem is that Amazon is withholding “several hundred dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars” of their claimed earnings. 

Amazon’s Services Business Solutions Agreement, which covers Fulfilment by Amazon businesses like the ones these Chinese companies operated, is pretty clear that Amazon reserves “sole discretion” in deciding whether or not to permanently withhold funds if a company violates its policies.

The companies’ counterargument?

Amazon is in charge of distribution in an FBA arrangement, so it should’ve been aware the companies were offering gift cards to customers that left positive reviews. The Verge has asked Amazon for comment and will update if we hear more.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Apple delays return to the office as COVID rates spike

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Apple has delayed its staff from returning to HQ on a full-time basis

Apple has delayed its workers from returning to the office full time.

Employees who are in the current working in the office two-day-per-week as part of a trial programme will have the option to once again work fully remote if they feel uncomfortable coming into the office.

According to news outlet The Verge, a memo released by Apple’s COVID-19 response team says that its updates are based on current infection rates and hospitalisations.

Apple is also requesting employees who do decide to return to the office to wear masks when in common areas like meeting rooms, hallways, and elevators.

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New findings revealed about shocking China plane crash

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New shocking information has been revealed about the China Eastern Airlines plane that crashed in March

The incident that killed 132 people was intentionally flown into the mountainside according to reports.

U.S. officials examined the plane’s black box, uncovering that people within the cockpit deliberately caused the Boeing 737 to veer out of control.

The plane was flying on-route at a normal altitude and speed before it nosedived into a mountain.

Initially experts speculated that the crash was caused by faults in the plane design, which is what caused two other fatal plane crashes in 2018 and 2019, but no officials have indicated any mechanical issues.

The pilot and co-pilot were allegedly in good health with no known motive for crashing the plane.

Chinese authorities say that no emergency code was sent from the plane, meaning it is unlikely that an intruder entered the cockpit.

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Snapchat co-creator and supermodel pay student loans for graduating class

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Student loans still get the better of most of us, a pesky debt that hurts the hip pocket

But one graduating class got the ultimate graduation gift

Otis College of Art and Design in Downtown LA got their student loans paid by off by Snapchat co-creator Evan Spiegel and his wife and supermodel Miranda Kerr.

The president of the art college announced the gift as the single largest donation in the history of Otis College.

The previous largest gift to the school was for $10 million and the screams from the students show how much it means to them.

The president says student debt weights heavily on talented graduates and the couple’s donation will be life-changing for the Class of 2022.

Spiegel created the popular instant messaging app with two former Stanford University classmates.

The snapchat co-creator took summer classes at Otis during high school and wanted to give back to the arts college.

Spiegel and wife Miranda were given honorary degrees at the college.

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