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Sirtex shareholders fear ‘bare cupboard’ for class action after takeover
Class Actions September 20, 2018 4:32 pm By Christine Caulfield

Shareholders in a class action against Sirtex Medical have lost a bid for an order preventing the life sciences company from quietly moving $128 million […]

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Union in UAE Exchange suit scolded for ‘throwing case into chaos’
Employment September 20, 2018 7:44 pm By Miklos Bolza

A landmark trial brought by the Financial Sector Union of Australia against UAE Exchange Australia has been vacated after a judge accused the union of “throwing the case into chaos” with a belated expert report.

Senator looks to shut down Hanson-Young defamation case
Defamation September 20, 2018 8:19 pm By Miklos Bolza

Senator David Leyonhjelm wants the Federal Court to toss a defamation lawsuit filed by Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, saying the court is barred from hearing the case due to parliamentary privilege

Arrow, Apotex win ACCC approval to create mega generic drug co.
Healthcare September 20, 2018 10:26 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

Generic drug makers Arrow and Apotex have won the ACCC’s blessing for a tie-up that will create the largest generic drug supplier in Australia, with the competition regulator saying the deal will not substantially lessen competition.

Melbourne retailer appeals $2.8M fine for violating Microsoft IP
Intellectual Property September 20, 2018 11:19 am By Cat Fredenburgh

A Melbourne retailer is challenging a $2.8 million fine against it for allegedly violating the intellectual property for Microsoft’s Windows 7 software.

Cricket Australia reaches deal with worker sacked over abortion tweet
Employment September 20, 2018 10:43 am By Cat Fredenburgh

Cricket Australia has reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed by a Tasmanian woman who was fired by the sports league for tweeting her views about abortion.

Law firm abandons Banana Boat class action
Class Actions September 20, 2018 10:33 pm By Christine Caulfield

Bannister Law has dropped its investigation of a possible class action against the makers of Banana Boat aerosol sunscreen, which faced numerous complaints by consumers who claimed they were burned while using the spray-on sunblock

Judge wants funder’s cut in Westpac class action to come from net recovery
Class Actions September 19, 2018 1:58 pm By Christine Caulfield

A judge has agreed to sign off on an order in a massive class action against Westpac that could give 25 percent of any recovery to the litigation funder underwriting the case, on the condition that the funder accept a rate reflecting the net, not the gross, sum.

Unique wins appeal of unconscionable conduct ruling
Competition & Consumer Protection September 19, 2018 4:51 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

The Full Federal Court has overturned a win for the consumer regulator in a case against Sydney-based Unique International College, ruling that the vocational trainer’s practices for marketing and enrolling students in its diploma courses did not amount to unconscionable conduct.

BMW says court can’t make funding order in Takata class actions
Class Actions September 19, 2018 8:40 pm By Miklos Bolza

BMW Australia plans to challenge the NSW Supreme Court’s power to create a common fund order spanning six class actions brought against major players in the automotive industry over defective and dangerous Takata air bags.