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Judge vacates Westpac insider trading trial despite ‘misgivings’
Financial Services 2021-07-26 2:46 pm By Miklos Bolza

A judge has vacated next year’s trial in ASIC’s insider trading case against Westpac despite “misgivings”, and has made orders regarding confidential evidence after the […]

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NT can’t keep settlement sum secret in detention centre class action
Class Actions 2021-07-26 6:48 pm By Miklos Bolza

A judge has agreed to temporarily suppress publication of a deed of settlement in a class action against the Northern Territory by youth detainees but ruled disclosure of the settlement sum is in the interests of justice and should not be kept secret.

Radio device planted on murdered Afghan villager, Ben Roberts-Smith trial told
Trials 2021-07-26 2:54 pm By Cindy Cameronne

A communications device was planted on an unarmed Afghan villager who was allegedly murdered by former SAS soldier Ben Roberts-Smith, a court overseeing the accused war criminal’s defamation trial has heard.

‘Pretty unimpressed’: Judge reluctantly puts JLT class action on hold
Class Actions 2021-07-26 10:58 pm By Cindy Cameronne

A judge has put off next month’s trial in one of two class actions brought by local councils against insurance JLT Risk Solutions over allegedly excessive premiums, but said the adjournment application would likely have failed if either side had put up a fight.

Sparke Helmore wins stay of $1M negligence case for abuse of process
Professional negligence 2021-07-26 3:56 pm By Miklos Bolza

Sparke Helmore has secured a temporary reprieve in a $1 million negligence lawsuit against it, with a NSW Supreme Court judge staying the case for two weeks to allow the plaintiff property developer, which has been described as a “rudderless” firm, to get its house in order.

Crane maker NQCranes blasts ACCC’s ‘bizarre’ new claims in cartel case
Competition & Consumer Protection 2021-07-26 5:26 pm By Christine Caulfield

Queensland crane company NQCranes wants to strike out the bulk of the ACCC’s amended case alleging a conspiracy with a multinational rival to divide the Brisbane and Newcastle markets, saying there was no evidence of the regulator’s new allegations of a second cartel agreement.

Qantas settles age discrimination case with former chairman’s son
Employment 2021-07-26 7:21 pm By Christine Caulfield

Qantas has resolved a lawsuit brought by the 64-year-old son of former chairman Sir Lenox Hewitt who alleged the airline’s policy of providing voluntary redundancy only to employees under 63 years of age was discriminatory.

Jones Day picks up four litigators in raid of rival US firm Quinn Emanuel
Jones Day 2021-07-26 9:57 pm By Christine Caulfield

Two months after snagging one of Perth’s top energy litigators from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, global law firm Jones Day has lured another four lawyers from its US rival for the disputes team in Australia.

$23.6M Vocation class action bill might have been ‘materially lower’, judge says
Class Actions 2021-07-23 11:09 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

A judge has approved a $50 million settlement in a shareholder class action against failed training company Vocation and auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers, but questioned whether the $10.9 million commission and $12.75 million legal bill could have been “materially lower” had the case been run by one funder and firm instead of two.

3A Composites fires off barrage of cross-claims in cladding class action
Class Actions 2021-07-23 6:51 pm By Miklos Bolza

The number of lawyers involved in a class action against 3A Composites over allegedly combustible cladding is set to balloon, with the German cladding manufacturer […]

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