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Google threatens to block search in Australia if media code becomes law
Competition & Consumer Protection 2021-01-22 4:11 pm By Miklos Bolza

Tech giants Google and Facebook have come under fire in a Senate inquiry for their “threats” to block news in Australia if a draft media […]

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$25M settlement reached in Dick Smith class actions
Class Actions 2021-01-22 11:50 am By Cat Fredenburgh

A $25 million settlement has been reached in three long-running shareholder class actions over the collapse of electronics retailer Dick Smith, under which the funders that backed the litigation will not recover their costs and shareholders recoveries will be small.

Fonterra warned farmers of ‘extreme’ global dairy price volatility, class action defence says
Class Actions 2021-01-21 5:35 pm By Spencer Fowler Steen

Fonterra has hit back at claims in a class action that the dairy giant misled farmers and breached its supply agreements when it slashed milk prices and sought a clawback in 2016, saying it warned farmers of the “extreme” volatility in the market.

Director of food dip brand Obela stole $3M, feigned wife’s suicide, court hears
Food and Beverage 2021-01-21 5:07 pm By Christine Caulfield

Food dip producer Obela Fresh Dips & Spreads has won a $3 million judgment against a former director who defrauded the company of millions of dollars, lied about his wife’s suicide and fled the country.

Trial in Country Care case faces delay as COVID-19 restrictions keep judge, lawyers in NSW
Competition & Consumer Protection 2021-01-21 1:10 pm By Spencer Fowler Steen

The jury trial in a criminal cartel case against mobility equipment provider Country Care and two employees could be delayed due to coronavirus restrictions, as a majority of the parties, located in NSW, wait for restrictions to ease in order to travel to Victoria, a court has heard.

Courts continue to shape class action regime with major 2020 rulings
Analysis 2021-01-20 11:56 pm By Christine Caulfield

In a year headlined by partisan sparring and mudslinging over the Federal Government’s class action reform effort, judges forged ahead to refine the class action regime, issuing […]

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Class action accuses Queensland energy generators of ‘gaming’ electricity rates for profit
Class Actions 2021-01-20 10:29 am By Miklos Bolza

A class action brought on behalf of 40,000 customers has been launched against two Queensland energy generators who are accused of ‘gaming’ the energy pricing […]

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$100M Woolworths shareholder class action set for February hearing
Class Actions 2021-01-20 3:31 pm By Miklos Bolza

Trial is set to begin February 2 in a $100 million shareholder class action against Woolworths over a February 2015 profit downgrade that allegedly led […]

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‘Not healthy nor sustainable’: Facebook says it shouldn’t be asked to fix Aussie media problems
Competition & Consumer Protection 2021-01-20 1:09 pm By Miklos Bolza

Facebook and Google should not be expected to solve the challenges currently facing the Australian media industry, according to the social media giant, which has […]

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Freedom Foods says it was entitled to sack former GC for ‘serious misconduct’
Employment 2021-01-19 3:53 pm By Christine Caulfield

Troubled food and beverage manufacturer Freedom Foods has denied a former company secretary and group general counsel was protected by whistleblower laws, claiming it was […]

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