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Labor wins court order for removal of ‘fake’ Greens election signs
Courts 2022-05-20 1:30 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

The Australian Labor Party has won an emergency court order for the removal of allegedly misleading how-to-vote signs at polling stations in the closely watched […]

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The show must not go on: Craig McLachlan drops defamation case
Defamation 2022-05-20 6:13 pm By Sam Matthews

Actor Craig McLachlan has dropped his defamation suit against the ABC, Fairfax and actress Christie Whelan Browne mid-trial just as the defence was due to start its case.

In victory for class action, judge says bad breast implant claims can advance
Class Actions 2022-05-20 10:45 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

The applicants in a class action against The Cosmetic Institute and twelve doctors over allegedly “incompetent” breast augmentation surgery have won court approval to expand their case to allege misleading and deceptive conduct and breaches of the consumer guarantees in the Australian Consumer Law.

Opal Tower class action reaches eleventh-hour settlement before 40-day trial
Construction 2022-05-19 10:54 pm By Sam Matthews

A long-running class action over the Opal Tower disaster has settled, along with two related cases over the defective building, as a five-week trial was set to begin.

Shine Lawyers wins battle to run $463M Dixon Advisory class action
Class Actions 2022-05-19 4:24 pm By Sam Matthews

Shine Lawyers has beaten out class action rival Piper Alderman in a battle to lead a class action worth up to $463 million against collapsed wealth managers Dixon Advisory, with a judge finding the firm’s no win, no fee model was likely to result in a greater return to group members.

Law firm’s tiered contingency fee in doubt in Beach Energy class actions
Class Actions 2022-05-19 2:44 pm By Christine Caulfield

A judge deciding one of the first ever applications by a law firm for a percentage cut of a class action will have to determine whether Victoria’s ground-breaking contingency fee legislation allows a group costs order to operate with a sliding percentage return.

Quintis class action settlement takes hit as insurers win appeal
Insurance 2022-05-19 4:39 pm By Cindy Cameronne

Two insurers have won an appeal that blocks group members in a class action against sandalwood producer Quintis from receiving a further $11.25 million after […]

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Full Court shoots down Boehringer opposition to Merck Sharp & Dohme’s parasite patent
Intellectual Property 2022-05-19 3:38 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

The Full Federal Court has rejected German drug maker Boehringer Ingelheim’s appeal of ruling that shot down its opposition to Merck Sharp & Dohme’s patent […]

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Andrews government tries again to strike out hotel quarantine class action
Class Actions 2022-05-18 9:30 pm By Sam Matthews

The state of Victoria has asked a court to strike out a class action alleging lapses in its hotel quarantine program caused businesses to suffer […]

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High Court asked to decide if AI can be inventor on patent
Intellectual Property 2022-05-18 1:23 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

The High Court has been asked to wade into the debate over whether artificial intelligence can be named as an inventor on patent applications, after […]

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