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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 […]

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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.

ASIC ‘plucking numbers out of the air’ in penalty hearing for Vocation execs, court told
Securities July 31, 2019 8:15 pm By Amelia Birnie

Lawyers for former Vocation CEO Mark Hutchinson say the corporate regulator is “plucking numbers out of the air” in its bid to secure disqualifications of […]

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Court approves $14.6M settlement in Ashley Services class action
Class Actions June 13, 2019 1:50 pm By Miklos Bolza

The Federal Court has approved a $14.6 million class action settlement with private training company Ashley Services, auditors Deloitte and Grant Thornton, and Holmes Management […]

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ACCC to seek $4M in refunds for Jump! swim school franchisees
Competition & Consumer Protection June 11, 2019 11:03 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will seek more than $4 million in refunds plus penalties when it takes the troubled operator of the Jump! […]

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PWC claims privilege against self-incrimination in fight over Vocation audit files
Class Actions May 22, 2019 8:42 pm By Christine Caulfield

Accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers is resisting a notice to produce audit files in a consolidated shareholder class action over the collapse of education and training company […]

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Lecturer sacked over swastika drops political opinion claim against University of Sydney
Employment May 17, 2019 8:35 pm By Miklos Bolza

A former political economy lecturer who was fired from the University of Sydney for a seminar slide that imposed the Nazi swastika on the Israeli […]

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ASIC wins case against Vocation, former execs after 15-month wait for judgment
Securities May 31, 2019 6:21 pm By Miklos Bolza

In a win for the corporate watchdog, a court has found collapsed education provider Vocation engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct and breached its continuous […]

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La Trobe University drops disciplinary proceedings against law professor
Employment May 27, 2019 11:20 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

La Trobe University has reached a settlement with the head of its law school, Dr Patrick Keyzer, to resolve legal action alleging it breached its […]

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James Cook University unlawfully sacked controversial climate change professor, court finds
Employment April 16, 2019 9:23 pm By Christine Caulfield

James Cook University unlawfully dismissed a professor who spoke out against the school and one of its scientists over its climate change views, a judge […]

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