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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.

Courts to up scrutiny of group member returns in class action settlements, report says
Class Actions September 20, 2019 9:07 pm By Christine Caulfield

Expect increasing emphasis by judges on how much class action members will pocket, as scrutiny of settlements in representative proceedings continues to ramp up, says King & Wood Mallesons in the law firm’s latest class action report.

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.

National law firm slams ex-partner’s ‘sorry story’ for delays in bringing sex discrimination case
Employment September 19, 2019 10:11 pm By Amelia Birnie

A national Australian law firm has asked the Federal Court to throw out a sex discrimination claim filed against it by a former partner, on the grounds that no excuse had been provided for her delay in making a complaint other than “a fairly sorry story”.

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 firm faces class action over Slater & Gordon acquisition advice
Business of Law September 18, 2019 9:09 pm By Miklos Bolza

An elite Melbourne law firm has become the latest target of Slater & Gordon shareholders whose stock went south after the plaintiffs firm’s disastrous $1.2 […]

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