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Health official behind Vic curfew being ‘coached’ by government, court hears
Coronavirus 2020-09-25 5:08 pm By Miklos Bolza

The public health official responsible for Victoria’s controversial curfew has had her credibility attacked in court, with a judge hearing suggestions that she may be […]

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Herbert Smith Freehills underpaid some lawyers more than $20,000
Business of Law 2020-09-25 10:11 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

Herbert Smith Freehills has discovered it underpaid a number of its graduate lawyers, with some in the Big Six firm’s graduate ranks owed more than $20,000.

‘Strained and fanciful’: Court tosses Telstra suit over Optus’ ‘more than ever before’ ads
Competition & Consumer Protection 2020-09-25 1:52 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

Telstra has suffered a defeat in its lawsuit accusing competitor Singtel Optus of violating consumer laws with ads claiming it is “covering more of Australia than ever before”, with a judge calling Telstra’s allegations that the ads implied a comparison with other telcos “strained and fanciful”.

Erin Molan says Daily Mail defamed her with story on ‘hooka looka mooka’ remark
Defamation 2020-09-25 6:34 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

Sports presenter Erin Molan has fired off a defamation lawsuit over the Daily Mail’s coverage of a remark she made during Nine’s Continuous Call radio program which she claims implied she was a racist who deliberately mocked the names of Pacific Islanders on air.

Nationwide, Devine settle defamation case over Quaden Bayles tweets
Defamation 2020-09-25 11:16 am By Miklos Bolza

Nationwide News and journalist Miranda Devine have agreed to pay a “substantial” sum to settle a defamation lawsuit brought by nine-year old Quaden Bayles over Devine’s retweets of conspiracy theories suggesting a video of Bayles posted on social media following a bullying incident were fake.

Predicted trends in class actions beyond the pandemic
Expert Insights 2020-09-25 3:02 pm By

As the economic impact of Covid-19 continues to develop, we can expect promoters of class actions to explore claims which arise from the pandemic – some of these will be in familiar territory, whilst other claim may be novel, say Herbert Smith Freehills’ Harry Edwards and Dylan O’Keefe.

Prepping large class action for trial no reason for relief from COVID-19 restrictions, top judge says
Coronavirus 2020-09-24 4:14 pm By Christine Caulfield

The need to properly prepare a large commercial class action is not reason enough to relieve lawyers of COVID-19 restrictions aimed at protecting the health and safety of Victorians, the Federal Court’s chief judge has said in explaining why he denied a bid by the Melbourne-based legal team behind the Crown Resorts class action to have the case declared a priority.

Third class action filed over Victoria’s botched COVID-19 hotel quarantine program
Class Actions 2020-09-24 11:04 am By Christine Caulfield

A class action targeting security companies contracted by the Victorian government to guard returning travellers in hotel quarantine has been launched, bringing to three the number of group proceedings filed over the botched program.

Westpac to pay record $1.3B penalty in AUSTRAC action
Financial Services 2020-09-24 9:44 am By Christine Caulfield

Westpac has agreed to pay a whopping $1.3 billion civil penalty to resolve AUSTRAC enforcement action over the bank’s 23 million breaches of money laundering and counter-terrorism laws.

Court orders Victoria to produce legal advice to Liberal member suing over curfew
Coronavirus 2020-09-24 6:35 pm By Christine Caulfield

A judge has ordered the Victorian government to hand over legal documents it weighed before implementing its COVID-19 curfew, in a suit brought by a […]

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