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Top legal risks for employers when staff are working from home
Feature March 27, 2020 2:27 pm By Alison Eveleigh

With new lockdown measures being rolled out on a daily basis to combat COVID-19, vast numbers of Australians have found themselves working from home, many […]

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Lawyers poised for rise in COVID-19-related workers comp claims
Employment March 27, 2020 9:29 pm By Alison Eveleigh

As the number of cases of coronavirus continues to rise and more people work from home, lawyers are predicting a jump in workers’ compensation claims, with 57 claims or notifications already lodged in NSW.

Barristers call for financial help as work declines amid coronavirus pandemic
Business of Law March 27, 2020 11:48 pm By Christine Caulfield

The association for practicing barristers in NSW has called for a financial support package for its members as courts restrict in-person hearings to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Commonwealth Bank’s gripe with alleged whistleblower’s discovery bid ‘ridiculous’, judge says
Employment March 27, 2020 9:14 pm By Miklos Bolza

A judge has criticised as “meretricious” and “ridiculous” opposition by Commonwealth Bank of Australia to a discovery application by a former general manager who claims he lost his job for blowing the whistle on alleged manipulation of staff bonuses.

Judge to approve $127M VW class action settlement, but 25% uplift may be axed
Class Actions March 26, 2020 9:08 pm By Alison Eveleigh

After almost five years of litigation, a Federal Court judge said he will approve a $127.1 million settlement of five class actions against Volkswagen over the diesel emissions scandal, but appeared unwilling to sign off on a 25 per cent uplift in fees sought by one of the plaintiffs firms.

HWL Ebsworth softens stance, lets lawyers work from home
Business of Law March 26, 2020 9:08 pm By Christine Caulfield

After insisting that employees remain working in the office despite tough government restrictions to combat the spread of the new coronavirus, HWL Ebsworth has changed […]

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Court forces ASIC to delay warning against Mayfair 101 despite COVID 19-stoked investment fears
Financial Services March 26, 2020 9:44 pm By Miklos Bolza

A judge has ordered ASIC to wait 48 hours after making any decision to send a warning notice to investment conglomerate Mayfair 101 before publicly […]

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Online trial planned in Opal Tower builder’s case against insurers
Construction March 26, 2020 10:41 pm By Christine Caulfield

The Federal Court is pushing ahead with an expedited trial in Icon Co.’s case against Liberty Mutual Insurance and QBE over the Opal Tower disaster, […]

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Class action could be filed on behalf of Ruby Princess passengers
Class Actions March 25, 2020 5:24 pm By Miklos Bolza

Princess Cruises and the Federal Government could face negligence claims — and a possible class action — by passengers of the Ruby Princess cruise ship, […]

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Judge says watching trial on iPad in lockdown scenario would be ‘unsatisfactory’
Intellectual Property March 25, 2020 12:41 pm By Miklos Bolza

The judge overseeing the trial in a trade secrets case brought by Australian auto electronics developer Directed Electronics OE against its rivals is considering how […]

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