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$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 […]

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Westpac’s profits relevant, judge says in imposing $3M fees-for-no-service penalty
Financial Services 2021-07-22 9:35 pm By Christine Caulfield

Westpac has been ordered to pay $3 million after two subsidiaries admitted misleading hundreds of superannuation customers about the financial adviser fees they were charged, a penalty that took into account the Big Four bank’s massive profits.

Minetek can’t inspect USB devices for potential lawsuit against ex-employee, court rules
Intellectual Property 2021-07-22 10:04 pm By Cindy Cameronne

Global mine technology company Minetek has lost its bid to access USB devices held by equipment manufacturer Howden’s solicitors for use in a potential lawsuit […]

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Judge lashes ACCC’s Port of Newcastle case as ‘far-fetched and fanciful’
Competition & Consumer Protection 2021-07-20 10:54 pm By Christine Caulfield

The ACCC’s claim that NSW Ports stymied competition when it signed a 50-year agreement with the state to be compensated if the Port of Newcastle […]

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SPC appeals $1.2M judgment related to $40M Coca-Cola Amatil deal
Intellectual Property 2021-07-19 5:31 pm By Miklos Bolza

Melbourne-based joint venture Shepparton Partners Collective has appealed a $1.2 million judgment which found it infringed software developer QAD’s copyright by failing to pay a […]

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Minetek wants lawyers to hand over USB devices as its mulls lawsuit against ex-employee
Emma Bathurst 2021-07-15 6:47 pm By Cindy Cameronne

Global mine technology company Minetek is considering a lawsuit against a former employee who may have unlawfully used confidential company information, a court has heard. […]

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Gilbert + Tobin IP litigator Natalie Zwar hits the right notes in music, and in law
Litigation Rising Stars 2021-07-13 11:12 pm By Christine Caulfield

Although she planned a career as a professional flautist, the law is where Gilbert + Tobin’s Natalie Zwar ended up, using her talent and love […]

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CDPP sent back to the drawing board to address ‘defects’ in ANZ cartel case
Competition & Consumer Protection 2021-07-07 6:24 pm By Miklos Bolza

A judge has ordered the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions to file a replacement indictment to address defects in the document at the centre of […]

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‘Cynical and cranky’ tweeter not a journalist, judge rules in defamation case
Defamation 2021-07-06 5:51 pm By Cindy Cameronne

A self-described “citizen journalist” who publishes “cynical and cranky” opinions about the Australian Stock Exchange on the Twitter account Stockswami cannot claim journalist privilege to […]

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Arrium settlement was a ‘substantial compromise’, judge says
Restructuring & Insolvency 2021-07-05 4:05 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

A settlement reached in a lawsuit by the liquidators of collapsed steel giant Arrium against 10 former company directors accused of insolvent trading has been […]

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