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Health official behind Vic curfew being ‘coached’ by government, court hears
Coronavirus 2020-09-25 5:08 pm By Miklos Bolza

The public health official responsible for Victoria’s controversial curfew has had her credibility attacked in court, with a judge hearing suggestions that she may be […]

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Herbert Smith Freehills underpaid some lawyers more than $20,000
Business of Law 2020-09-25 10:11 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

Herbert Smith Freehills has discovered it underpaid a number of its graduate lawyers, with some in the Big Six firm’s graduate ranks owed more than $20,000.

‘Strained and fanciful’: Court tosses Telstra suit over Optus’ ‘more than ever before’ ads
Competition & Consumer Protection 2020-09-25 1:52 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

Telstra has suffered a defeat in its lawsuit accusing competitor Singtel Optus of violating consumer laws with ads claiming it is “covering more of Australia than ever before”, with a judge calling Telstra’s allegations that the ads implied a comparison with other telcos “strained and fanciful”.

Prepping large class action for trial no reason for relief from COVID-19 restrictions, top judge says
Coronavirus 2020-09-24 4:14 pm By Christine Caulfield

The need to properly prepare a large commercial class action is not reason enough to relieve lawyers of COVID-19 restrictions aimed at protecting the health and safety of Victorians, the Federal Court’s chief judge has said in explaining why he denied a bid by the Melbourne-based legal team behind the Crown Resorts class action to have the case declared a priority.

Third class action filed over Victoria’s botched COVID-19 hotel quarantine program
Class Actions 2020-09-24 11:04 am By Christine Caulfield

A class action targeting security companies contracted by the Victorian government to guard returning travellers in hotel quarantine has been launched, bringing to three the number of group proceedings filed over the botched program.

Westpac to pay record $1.3B penalty in AUSTRAC action
Financial Services 2020-09-24 9:44 am By Christine Caulfield

Westpac has agreed to pay a whopping $1.3 billion civil penalty to resolve AUSTRAC enforcement action over the bank’s 23 million breaches of money laundering and counter-terrorism laws.

Elliott doesn’t have to give ‘full and frank’ explanation of alleged role in Banksia fee scandal
Class Actions 2020-09-23 9:35 pm By Alison Eveleigh

An appeals court has set aside an order requiring Alex Elliott, the son of the funder behind the Banksia securities class action, to give a […]

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Judge again rejects priority application in Crown Resorts class action
Class Actions 2020-09-23 2:48 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

A judge has denied a request to grant priority status to a shareholder class action against Crown Resorts that would have allowed the Melbourne-based legal […]

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Mayfair’s Mawhinney hires Ashurst after lengthy ASIC submission
Financial Services 2020-09-23 11:34 am By Miklos Bolza

The director of the beleaguered Mayfair investment group, who has been self-represented in winding up proceedings by ASIC, has now entered into a late stage […]

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Victoria’s COVID-19 curfew decision ‘bizarre, capricious, arbitrary’, court hears
Coronavirus 2020-09-22 9:09 pm By Miklos Bolza

A decision earlier this month to extend Victoria’s controversial COVID-19 curfew was “bizarre, capricious, arbitrary” and was made under pressure from the state’s Premier, a […]

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