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Westpac owes $8M to underpaid workers
Employment July 3, 2020 11:35 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

Westpac has become the latest company to discover it shortchanged workers, announcing it will pay $8 million to around 8,000 current and former staff who […]

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Virgin administration ignites legal fight over jet engines
Restructuring & Insolvency July 3, 2020 5:54 pm By Alison Eveleigh

A US-based aviation leasing company has launched proceedings against Virgin Australia and its administrators, seeking possession of aircraft engines and other parts in the first legal challenge to the conduct of the administration.

Contingency fee applications must be made ASAP in class actions, court says
Class Actions July 3, 2020 5:46 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

Law firms seeking to bring class actions on a contingency fee basis in the Victorian Supreme Court must seek court approval for the now-legal arrangement as early as possible in the proceeding, the court has said.

Mylan loses Lipidil appeal, despite court finding proof of intention not needed for Swiss-style claims
Intellectual Property July 3, 2020 5:27 pm By Miklos Bolza

Mylan Health has lost its challenge to a ruling that invalidated three patents related to its blockbuster cholesterol drug Lipidil, despite the appeals court finding the primary judge had erred by ruling that proof of intention was required for Swiss-style claims.

Corporate wrongdoing is the real reason D&O premiums in Australia are rising
Expert Insights July 3, 2020 4:25 pm By

The claim that funded class actions are the main factor impacting the D&O premium increases and stultifying business in Australia is a specious argument. The reality is that the primary reason for the increase in the cost of D&O liability insurance is the extent of corporate wrongdoing, says Omni Bridgeway’s Andrew Saker.

More law firms pulled into Quintis class action as $46M insurance dispute heats up
Insurance July 3, 2020 4:06 pm By Alison Eveleigh

Three law firms will represent the insurers in new proceedings launched to resolve a $46 million insurance question delaying settlement of two shareholder class actions against sandlewood producer Quintis, bringing the total number of law firms working on the class action to eight.

‘Disruptive and unsatisfactory’: Hytera slammed for late stage bid to adjourn copyright trial
Intellectual Property July 3, 2020 3:35 pm By Miklos Bolza

Motorola has slammed Chinese radio manufacturer Hytera’s “disruptive and unsatisfactory” request to adjourn a highly anticipated copyright trial over the alleged theft of source code which is due to begin in three weeks.

Harry Triguboff says claims by ex-Meriton GC that he was sacked for not lying are ‘fiction’
Real Estate July 2, 2020 11:55 pm By Christine Caulfield

Billionaire real estate developer Harry Triguboff and his company Meriton have hit back at claims by the former group general counsel of the property giant […]

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Bank trader claims ANZ sacked him for rate-rigging complaints
Employment July 2, 2020 10:44 pm By Christine Caulfield

A former high-flying trader is taking ANZ to court alleging the bank dismissed him for making complaints about attempted manipulation of a key interest rate and not, as the bank claims, for his “offensive” chats with other traders.

NSW Supreme Court rolls out misconduct policy in wake of Heydon scandal
Employment July 2, 2020 9:58 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

An external adviser will handle workplace misconduct claims against judges at the NSW Supreme Court under a new policy implemented following allegations that former High Court justice Dyson Heydon sexually harassed six female associates during his time on the bench.