SSE appeal thrown out by Court of Appeal

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One of the UK's "big six" energy suppliers has lost an appeal against a conviction for mis-selling to customers.

According to an article published by BBC News, SSE's appeal has been thrown out; the company were originally found guilty at Guildford Crown Court in May 2011.

Sales agents of SSE were found to have used misleading sales scripts when doorstep selling between September 2008 and July 2009; the energy supplier was found guilty on two counts of the seven charges brought against it.

On Friday the decision was upheld by the Court of Appeal.

Commenting on the verdict, SSE's director of sales, Stephen Forbes, said: "We are very disappointed with the outcome of the appeal."

He added: "We will now consider our next steps but it is likely we will not see to take this issue any further."

The article states that the case is thought to represent the first time a "big six" energy supplier "has been prosecuted for using dishonest sales techniques."

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