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Lush to repay workers $2M after ‘monumental mistake’
Article July 18, 2018 11:47 am By Christine Caulfield

Cosmetics company Lush Australia will pay back $2 million to thousands of workers after discovering an error in its payroll system dating back to 2010.

GetSwift’s defence says Squire Patton Boggs partly liable
Class Actions July 17, 2018 5:45 pm By Christine Caulfield

In what is believed to be an unprecedented move, logistics tech startup GetSwift has named law firm Squire Patton Boggs as a “concurrent wrongdoer” in the company’s defence of a shareholder class action.

Rokt’s software patent to take centre stage in high-stakes hearing
Intellectual Property July 17, 2018 11:30 pm By Christine Caulfield

A three-day hearing starts Wednesday in a challenge by marketing technology startup Rokt to an IP Australia decision that rejected its patent application, a closely-watched case that could move the dial on the patentability of software.

Western Power’s negligence caused Parkerville bushfire, court hears
Class Actions July 16, 2018 10:59 pm By Miklos Bolza

Electricity company Western Power was to blame for the January 2014 inferno that destroyed 57 homes in and around Parkerville, Western Australia, a lawyer told the state’s Supreme Court at the start of trial Monday on behalf of residents and property owners.

AMP class action lawyers agree to ceasefire in jurisdictional war
Class Actions July 13, 2018 8:47 pm By Christine Caulfield

Lawyers in the turf war over five competing AMP class actions have agreed to a temporary peace accord after the battleground edged close to the realm of the absurd, with a threatened anti-anti suit injunction being met with calls for an anti-anti-anti suit injunction.

Fitch Ratings class can add fraud claims after finding hidden evidence
Financial Services July 13, 2018 9:46 pm By Miklos Bolza

The firm running the class action against Fitch Ratings over SCDO products has been given the go ahead to add claims of fraud and deceit after lawyers allegedly unearthed a hidden mathematical table the agency used in assigning ratings to the toxic financial products.

Hill & Smith files patent infringement case against company of former employees
Intellectual Property July 13, 2018 10:41 pm By Christine Caulfield

UK-based building products giant Hill & Smith Holdings has launched a Federal Court case accusing an Australian company, whose directors are ex-employees, of selling road safety barriers that infringe one of its patents.

Servcorp settles ACCC case over unfair small biz contracts
Competition & Consumer Protection July 13, 2018 2:40 pm By Christine Caulfield

ASX-listed Servcorp has settled court action by the consumer watchdog over unfair terms in its small business contracts that shielded the office space provider from liability and gave it unilateral power to terminate agreements with customers. 

Lawyer fooled by conman Peter Foster’s “psychological brilliance”, court hears
Class Actions July 12, 2018 10:45 pm By Miklos Bolza

A Sydney lawyer accused in a class action of conspiring with notorious conman Peter Foster in a fraudulent sports betting scheme that left investors $29 million out of pocket was taken in by Foster’s “psychological brilliance”, her barrister told a court Thursday.

Sportsbet wins temporary injunction against CrownBet rebrand
Intellectual Property July 11, 2018 9:02 pm By Christine Caulfield

Online bookmaker Sportsbet has secured an interim injunction against Crownbet that temporarily blocks its rival from plans to rebrand its betting company Sportingbet.