A court has found that the conduct of disgraced “wellness” blogger Belle Gibson was “misleading or deceptive.”
Consumer Affairs Victoria took civil legal action last year over “false claims by Ms Gibson ... concerning her diagnosis with terminal brain cancer.”
Now, the Federal Court of Australia has upheld “most but not all” of the allegations.
In handing down her findings, Justice Debra Mortimer did not impose a penalty, which will be determined later this year.
"I am satisfied the respondents engaged in conduct that was misleading or deceptive," said Mortimer of Gibson’s charity claims.
A CAV spokeswoman told WHO that penalties for such civil claims are “up to $1.1 million for companies and $220,000 for individuals.”
CAV also investigated allegations that Gibson had not handed over thousands of fund-raising dollars she had pledged to charities.
Gibson, who created the $3.79 The Whole Pantry recipe app, which was downloaded 300,000 times, and a spin-off cookbook, claimed she cured her cancer with her lifestyle, but in 2015 admitted she never had the disease.