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CIMIC had no chance of winning stay of competing class action, judge says
Class Actions September 20, 2019 8:36 pm By Miklos Bolza

A judge has ordered engineering services firm CIMIC Group to pay the costs of a 2017 attempt to stay a competing class action against it, […]

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APRA loses case against IOOF over alleged misuse of $6.1M in members’ reserve funds
Financial Services September 20, 2019 10:04 am By Amelia Birnie

A judge has thrown out the prudential regulator’s case against IOOF over the alleged misuse of $6.1 million in superannuation reserve funds, in the first decision handed down in a case filed in the wake of last year’s explosive banking royal commission.

Ultra Tune wins $590K reduction in appeal of ‘manifestly excessive’ franchising penalty
Competition & Consumer Protection September 20, 2019 11:58 am By Amelia Birnie

National car repair franchise Ultra Tune has successfully appealed what it claimed was a “manifestly excessive” penalty for breaches of the Franchising Code of Conduct, with the Full Federal Court reducing the company’s $2.6 million fine by $590,000.

ACCC wins record $26.5M penalty against Empower Institute
Competition & Consumer Protection September 20, 2019 1:34 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

The ACCC has won a record $26.5 million penalty against defunct vocational trainer Empower Institute for “duping” disadvantaged customers into enrolling in courses they couldn’t afford with the promise of free laptops and cash.

2GB boss Adam Lang sues News Corp unit over ‘smiling assassin’ articles
Defamation September 20, 2019 3:46 pm By Miklos Bolza

The CEO of Sydney’s 2GB and Melbourne’s 3AW radio stations, Adam Lang, has sued the publisher of the Sunday Telegraph for defamation over articles he claims portrayed him as an incompetent, sadistic executive who created a toxic work atmosphere.

James Cook University appeals $1.2M judgment for sacking climate skeptic
Appeals September 20, 2019 11:09 am By Miklos Bolza

James Cook University has followed through on its promise to appeal a $1.2 million judgment awarded against it for the unfair dismissal of physics professor and climate skeptic Peter Ridd.

Walton liquidator next in line to sue NAB, former director
Restructuring & Insolvency September 19, 2019 8:39 pm By Miklos Bolza

The liquidator appointed to investigate a class action over Walton Construction’s collapse is now looking to file his own case against National Australia Bank, the company’s former director, and the restructuring firm hired before the construction company’s demise.

Order banning DP World workers from ‘go slow’ protests quashed by FWC’s 7.5 hour error
Employment September 19, 2019 3:54 pm By Miklos Bolza

The CFMEU has successfully challenged an interim Fair Work Commission order barring workers at stevedoring firm DP World from ‘go slow’ industrial action after an […]

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ASIC wins highest ever penalty against individual in $40M investment scam case
ASIC September 19, 2019 9:59 pm By Christine Caulfield

A judge has permanently banned the director of financial services firm Gallop International from the industry and proposed a record $3 million fine after the […]

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Law firms offer to join forces in competing Lendlease class actions
Class Actions September 18, 2019 1:05 pm By Christine Caulfield

The plaintiffs firms running rival shareholder class actions against construction giant Lendlease have pitched a proposal to join their competing cases, a plan that should […]

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