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Not ‘plainly wrong’: NSW appeals court sticks to guns on class closure
Class Actions 2024-04-17 1:12 pm By Cindy Cameronne

The NSW Court of Appeal has said it has no power to exclude group members who do not sign up to a class action from participating in a settlement, upholding a controversial decision that the Full Federal Court said was “plainly wrong”. 

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Meta loses bid to put ACCC’s crypto ad case on ice
Competition & Consumer Protection 2023-10-25 10:59 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

A judge has rejected Facebook owner Meta’s request to pause a case  by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission over scam cryptocurrency ads until a private criminal action by mining magnate Andrew Forrest is decided.

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High Court to hear appeal of ACCC’s unconscionable conduct win against college
Competition & Consumer Protection 2023-09-15 4:54 pm By Cindy Cameronne

The High Court has granted defunct online educator Captain Cook College special leave to appeal a finding that it engaged in systemic unconscionable conduct by enrolling thousands of unsuitable students, who accrued $60 million in debt but never finished their courses. 

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Docs produced in arbitration can be used in Rinehart family court battle
Energy & Natural Resources 2023-05-26 2:56 pm By Sam Matthews

A judge has allowed two of Gina Rinehart’s children to use documents produced in private arbitration for their defence in court proceedings over ownership of a valuable mining tenement.

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College’s enrolment practices should be ‘condemned’, Full Court says in ACCC win
Competition & Consumer Protection 2023-04-06 4:29 pm By Cindy Cameronne

The Full Federal Court has upheld a finding that online educator Captain Cook College engaged in systemic unconscionable conduct by enrolling thousands of unsuitable students, who accrued $60 million in debt but never finished their courses. 

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Hancock Prospecting must hand over docs to Rinehart children
Energy & Natural Resources 2023-03-28 2:25 pm By Cindy Cameronne

Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting has lost its bid to avoid producing documents to Bianca Rinehart and John Hancock after a judge rejected arguments the Rinehart children were abusing the court’s processes in a long-running dispute over ownership of a valuable mining tenement.

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The top litigation law firms of 2022
Litigation Law Firms of the Year 2023-03-03 6:35 am By Cat Fredenburgh

Lawyerly’s Litigation Law Firms of 2022 racked up precedent-setting victories in a year that continued to see major developments in class action law.

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Whitehaven coal mine extension illogical amid ‘deadly’ climate crisis, court told
Energy & Natural Resources 2023-02-15 1:43 pm By Cindy Cameronne

The NSW Independent Planning Commission’s decision to approve an extension for Whitehaven’s Narrabi coal mine was “legally illogical” amid current knowledge of the “extraordinary and deadly” impact of climate change, a court has heard.

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Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting can’t halt case pending arbitration in 20-year feud
Energy & Natural Resources 2023-01-16 11:24 pm By Sam Matthews

Hancock Prospecting has lost a bid to shut down court cases brought by fellow mining giants Wright Prospecting and DFD Rhodes until the outcome of a family arbitration, after a judge found the company’s own forensic choices made the risk of inconsistent decisions inevitable.

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Meta wants ACCC’s crypto ad case put on hold until criminal action resolved
Competition & Consumer Protection 2022-09-16 2:56 pm By Cindy Cameronne

Facebook owner Meta has filed a bid to pause a case by the consumer regulator over scam cryptocurrency advertisements until the determination of a private criminal action brought by mining magnate Andrew Forrest.

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