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Court orders winding up of Merlin Diamonds after ‘serious contraventions’ unearthed
Restructuring & Insolvency 2020-04-01 5:02 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

A judge has ordered that Joseph ‘Diamond Joe’ Gutnik’s Merlin Diamonds be wound up after the mining company’s provisional liquidators uncovered “serious contraventions” and a […]

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Judge should be commended for ‘judicial economy’, Pacific National tells court in ACCC appeal
Competition & Consumer Protection 2020-02-18 2:37 pm By Christine Caulfield

Pacific National has defended a decision by a judge to accept an undertaking and rule against the ACCC in its competition case over the rail […]

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Judge overstepped in accepting Pacific National undertaking, ACCC tells appeals court
Competition & Consumer Protection 2020-02-17 4:30 pm By Christine Caulfield

The judge who dismissed the ACCC’s challenge to Pacific National’s acquisition of Aurizon’s Acacia Ridge Terminal in Queensland had no power to accept an undertaking […]

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Bitter dispute ends in cancellation of ‘Urban Ale’ trade mark
Intellectual Property 2020-02-07 7:41 pm By Miklos Bolza

A Melbourne-based craft brewery has had its ‘Urban Ale’ trade mark cancelled, with a judge finding other beer makers might want to use the words […]

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STA Travel makes admissions in ACCC case over hidden fees
Competition & Consumer Protection 2020-01-23 10:18 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s case alleging STA Travel hit customers with $1 million in hidden fees and commissions through an add-on that purported […]

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Schneider Electric faces patent infringement suit over Clipsal socket outlet
Intellectual Property 2020-01-16 5:30 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

A US communications infrastructure company has filed a patent lawsuit against the Australian arm of French energy tech giant Schneider Electric, which is accused of […]

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Liquidators of failed broker Berndale Capital want to grill former execs
Restructuring & Insolvency 2020-01-09 7:58 pm By Christine Caulfield

The liquidators of Melbourne-based forex trader Berndale Capital have filed examination proceedings in the Federal Court seeking to question the company’s former CEO and its […]

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Full Court says Oxworks wrongly awarded extra damages in patent suit
Intellectual Property 2020-01-09 5:14 pm By Miklos Bolza

The Full Federal Court has provided clarity around additional damages in patent cases by reducing the penalties liable to be paid by an Australian fencing […]

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Dover can seek access to ASIC files in bid to prove ‘Orwellian’ client protection policy harmed no one
Financial Services 2019-12-20 11:04 pm By Christine Caulfield

Defunct Dover Financial, which faces a penalty hearing next year after it was found to have misled customers with an inaptly titled ‘client protection policy’, […]

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‘Orwellian doublespeak’: Judge lashes Dover Financial’s client protection policy
ASIC 2019-11-22 11:10 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has won its case against defunct financial advisor Dover Financial and its former director, who famously collapsed during the […]

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