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$23.6M Vocation class action bill might have been ‘materially lower’, judge says
Class Actions 2021-07-23 11:09 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

A judge has approved a $50 million settlement in a shareholder class action against failed training company Vocation and auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers, but questioned whether the […]

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Google to try its hand at staying Epic Games competition suit after Apple fails
Competition & Consumer Protection 2021-07-23 1:41 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

Google is pressing forward with an application to stay Fortnite game maker Epic Games’ competition lawsuit over its Google Play store terms, despite the Full Court rejecting a similar move by Apple.

Canberra eyed as possible new venue for Ben Roberts-Smith’s defamation trial
Trials 2021-07-23 10:53 pm By Cindy Cameronne

Canberra has been floated as a potential new venue for the trial in former SAS soldier Ben Roberts-Smith’s defamation case as Sydney’s COVID-19 outbreak worsens, but a judge has said moving the hearing created “real difficulties”.

Westpac’s profits relevant, judge says in imposing $3M fees-for-no-service penalty
Financial Services 2021-07-22 9:35 pm By Christine Caulfield

Westpac has been ordered to pay $3 million after two subsidiaries admitted misleading hundreds of superannuation customers about the financial adviser fees they were charged, a penalty that took into account the Big Four bank’s massive profits.

Class action firm wants to intervene in FWO’s ‘entirely misconceived’ case against Woolworths
Employment 2021-07-22 3:46 pm By Cindy Cameronne

Employment class action law firm Adero Law is seeking to intervene in the Fair Work Ombudsman’s action against Woolworths, saying the “misconceived” proceedings have disrupted […]

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Judge lashes Forum Finance director’s failure to comply with court orders
Financial Services 2021-07-22 9:57 pm By Miklos Bolza

A judge has issued an ultimatum to Forum Finance director Bill Papas for his “entirely unsatisfactory” conduct in failing to provide details of personal assets […]

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Amazon, eBay, Kogan in ACCC’s sights in digital platforms inquiry
Competition & Consumer Protection 2021-07-22 10:57 am By Miklos Bolza

The ACCC will probe potential competition and consumer concerns over online retail platforms eBay, Amazon, Kogan and Catch.com.au, and has called for submissions as part […]

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Sydney man defamed by Fairfax hit-and-run story loses bid to up damages 
Defamation 2021-07-22 10:24 pm By Bianca Hrovat

An appeals court  has thrown out an appeal by a Sydney man who sought greater damages for being incorrectly named in media reports as the […]

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Judge lets two Boral class actions run, but warns about potential lawyer conflicts
Class Actions 2021-07-21 11:59 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

A judge has denied a law firm’s bid to stay a rival’s closed shareholder class action against construction giant Boral but warned courts must be […]

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QBE wins appeal in Opal Tower coverage row with Icon, but no success for Liberty
Insurance 2021-07-21 6:04 pm By Miklos Bolza

The Full Federal Court has found that Liberty Mutual Insurance, but not QBE, is required to cover Icon Construction’s losses stemming from the Opal Tower […]

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