News Updates3D Glasses For 3D Movies Should Be Supplied Free Of Cost If Necessary For Better Viewing, Kerala State Consumer Commission Holds Lydia Suzanne Thomas19 April 2021 4:16 AMShare This – xThe Kerala State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has ruled that 3D glasses necessary for watching 3D movies in theatres should be made available free of cost.A Bench of President, Justice K Surendra Mohan, Judicial Member TSP Moosath and Expert Members Ranjit R, Beena Kumari and Radhakrishnan KR that allowing theatre owners to extract charges for the rent of 3D Glasses…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Kerala State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has ruled that 3D glasses necessary for watching 3D movies in theatres should be made available free of cost.A Bench of President, Justice K Surendra Mohan, Judicial Member TSP Moosath and Expert Members Ranjit R, Beena Kumari and Radhakrishnan KR that allowing theatre owners to extract charges for the rent of 3D Glasses ‘at their whims and fancies’ would only give room for exploitation of consumers. In its Order dated April 9, the Commission underscores that supplying 3D glasses free of cost is imperative, if they are necessary to improve a viewer’s experience. The Bench said, “If 3D glasses are necessary for the better viewing of the 3D movie, it is imperative that the said glasses are supplied free of cost for the use of the viewers. The Commission was hearing an appeal from a 2016 order of the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Thiruvananthapuram. A lawyer, an Advocate Ravi Krishnan had gone to one Remya theatre to watch 3D film, ‘Gravity’, when he noticed that a Rs 30 fee was being collected as rent for 3D glasses, in addition to the Rs. 50 charged on the movie ticket. Though Krishnan requested that he be charged only Rs 50 since he already had 3D glasses with him, the theatre employees insisted on his paying an additional charge of Rs 30 for the 3D glasses as well. Aggrieved, Krishnan approached the District Consumer Forum, contending that the Theatre’s charge of an additional Rs 30 for the 3D glasses amounted to a restrictive trade practice. Remya Theatre’s proprietor asserted that no instance of anyone requesting to view the film without purchasing the spectacles was brought to their notice. Finding his complaint well-founded, the District Forum stated that the theatre may levy an additional charge for renting 3D glasses after giving prior notice and for those people who require the same. Faulting the District Forum order on this count, Krishnan argued that if the theatre was allowed to charge additional fee for the 3D glasses to customers who did not require it, this would enable the theatre to continue with the restrictive trade practice without hindrance. In the meanwhile, the proprietor of Remya Theatre challenged the District Forum order in so far as it ordered the theatre to pay Krishnan a compensation of Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 5,000 as punitive damages, in addition to costs of Rs. 2,000 to Krishnan. While the finding that the compensation and punitive damages granted by the District Forum are justified and reasonable, there was no justification in allowing the theatre to publish a notice charging the sum from consumers who required the glasses, the State Consumer Commission held. “However, the direction of the District Forum that charges for use of the 3D glasses could be extracted from customers who require the glasses and that too after publishing a notice is without any justification, as contended by the complainant. Any such permission to extract additional charges would not be in the interests of the rights of the consumers whose stakes in such matters are very low.” The Commission, while vacating the District Forum’s order, held that the District Forum had rightly found that the 3D glasses provided by Remya Theatre were not of high quality or value. Therefore, extracting an amount of Rs. 30 as rent for such spectacles could only be termed as excessive exploitation. “In the process, the opposite party would have extracted a tidy sum of money, without providing any consequential benefit to the consumer who has availed the use thereof.”, the Commission pointed out. Additionally, the charge for 3D glasses was an infraction of the rights of the consumers, the Commission ruled. On these terms, the proprietor’s appeal was dismissed and the District Forum’s Order was vacated. CASE: The Proprietor, Remya Theatre v. Adv. Ravi Krishnan). COUNSEL: The complainant, Advocate Ravi Krishnan, appeared in-person. Advocate CS Rajmohan represented for the proprietor of the theatre complex.Click here to download the orderNext Story
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti has unveiled multiple proposed changes to overhaul the country’s Constitution that officials plan to present to voters starting this week for an upcoming referendum that looms amid growing unrest. The public meetings are scheduled to be held across Haiti for the next three weeks, ahead of the April 25 constitutional referendum, which would be the first one held in more than 30 years. One of the biggest changes is an omission in the draft issued by an independent commission tasked with creating the constitutional changes that have angered many. Haiti’s current Constitution bars presidents from serving two consecutive terms, but the draft only states that a president cannot serve for more than two terms; it says nothing about whether they can be served consecutively.
The No. 19 USC women’s tennis team will compete this weekend at two competitions to kick off its season: the Freeman Memorial Women’s Tennis Championships hosted by the University of Nevada, in Las Vegas and the National Colliegate Tennis Classic in La Quinta, Calif.The Women of Troy will be competing against some of the best teams in the country at the Freeman Memorial tournament: No. 1 Stanford, No. 2 Florida, No. 5 UCLA and No. 6 North Carolina will all be participating.Despite many higher ranked opponents participating, senior Maria Sanchez tops the singles lineup at this weekend’s competition in Las Vegas, ranking third in the nation in singles. Freshmen Kaitlyn Christian and Hayley Miller and senior Cristala Andrews will also be participating at the Freeman Memorial competition.At the NCTC, the first major invitational college tournament of the season, both men’s and women’s programs from across the country will participate in what is known as “the Wimbledon of College Tennis.” The competition features the top six men’s and women’s teams, along with top-ranked individual players from the leading universities across the country.Sophomore Danielle Lao, the ITA Southwest Regional champion in the fall and ranked No. 10 nationally, along with sophomore Valeria Pulido, junior Alison Ramos and senior Lyndsay Kinstler will represent USC at the NCTC.The team is hopeful that these tournaments, their last individual ones this season, will be successful.“Our belief in one another has never been stronger and with that alone we’ve put ourselves in a great position to compete the best we can, whether it’s in this individual tournament coming up or a dual match,” Lao said.After the Freeman Memorial and NCTC, the Women of Troy will begin dual season, which they are anticipating will go well based on their performances so far this season. In 2010, the team reached the NCAA tournament once again, finishing the year 14-10 overall.“[The NCTC] is our last individual tournament for a while. This will serve as tune-up before the dual matches begin,” Ramos said. “I can’t wait to get going with the tournament so that we can go into dual season fine-tuned and prepared.”After this weekend’s competitions, the team will look towards Jan. 18, its next opportunity to compete, where it will face Cal State Northridge in a dual meet at USC’s own Mark’s Stadium.“We’re excited for the spring to start and couldn’t be hungrier to do well,” Lao said.