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“Something’s gone terribly wrong”: CIMIC slammed by class action judge
Class Actions February 19, 2019 2:37 pm By Miklos Bolza

A judge has reprimanded CIMIC Group’s preparations to defend a class action against it, saying a late attempt to file critical evidence was a sign […]

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ASIC appeals loss in Westpac personal advice case
Financial Services February 18, 2019 5:00 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has appealed a ruling that two Westpac units did not provide personal financial advice as part of a campaign […]

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Wyeth defends validity of patents in trial over best-selling Prevnar 13 vaccine
Intellectual Property February 7, 2019 11:06 pm By Miklos Bolza

Pharmaceutical giant Wyeth has shot down arguments by rival Merck Sharp & Dohme that its Prevnar 13 vaccine lacked inventiveness, saying during the closing submissions of […]

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ASIC challenge to Westpac personal advice ruling likely
Financial Services February 7, 2019 11:16 am By Miklos Bolza

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission will likely appeal a ruling that two Westpac units did not provide personal financial advice as part of a […]

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Merck Sharp & Dohme slams Wyeth vaccine patent claims as ‘hearsay and speculation’
Intellectual Property February 6, 2019 8:17 pm By Miklos Bolza

Claims by Wyeth that its patented Prevnar 13 pneumococcal vaccine was inventive because other pharmaceutical giants had failed in developing similar vaccines are based on […]

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Class action threat hurt Boart Longyear scheme vote, judge says
Corporate February 6, 2019 9:02 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

A judge has recommended another shareholder vote over Boart Longyear’s plan to move to Canada, saying a letter by a minority shareholder warning the move […]

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Common fund orders fulfil class action promise, lawyers tell historic appeals court
Appeals February 5, 2019 10:50 pm By Miklos Bolza

Common fund orders are the completion of the notion of class actions envisaged when the regime was introduced 27 years ago, a joint-sitting of two […]

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Cytec takes dispute over Nalco mining patent to court
Intellectual Property February 5, 2019 4:17 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

US-based chemical and materials technology company Cytec Industries has filed a patent lawsuit against a unit of Ecolab, after a delegate for IP Australia gave […]

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Common fund orders in class actions either ‘premature’ or ‘pointless’, joint appeals court told
Appeals February 4, 2019 8:39 pm By Miklos Bolza

An appeal before a historic joint sitting of two courts over so-called common fund orders in class actions kicked off Monday with a full bench of […]

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It’s the vibe of the thing: all eyes on constitutional challenge to common fund orders
Analysis February 1, 2019 11:16 pm By Christine Caulfield

An unprecedented joint-sitting of two appeals courts will this week hear a constitutional challenge to the power of judges to make so-called common fund orders, […]

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