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Judge dismisses challenge to surf park lease
Construction July 18, 2018 12:43 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

Ratepayers of a Perth suburb Meville have lost their challenge to a 30-year lease for the $25 million development of a surf park and recreational facility.

Judge limits ‘impermissibly wide’ subpoenas in Rinehart family feud
Energy & Natural Resources July 17, 2018 9:06 pm By Miklos Bolza

Bianca Rinehart has won a small legal victory over her mother, Gina Rinehart, with the Supreme Court permitting, but limiting, her use of subpoenas to obtain documents on the alleged misuse of funds from mining giant Hancock Prospecting.

SNF’s decade-long battle over BASF mine patents comes to a close
Intellectual Property July 17, 2018 9:26 am By Christine Caulfield

A patent dispute between SNF and BASF that started in 2008 and went all the way to the High Court has come to an end, with the chemical giants appearing to have settled what remained of their hard-fought battle.

17-yr-old trade mark error can’t be fixed, Full Court rules
Intellectual Property July 16, 2018 4:39 pm By Christine Caulfield

Industrial filter manufacturer Vokes has lost its fight to correct a 17-year-old error that removed it as the registered owner of six trade marks, with the Full Federal Court ruling Monday that the Registrar did not have the power to fix the mistake of her own initiative.

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.

Judge stays Hyundai case over $7.9M arbitration award
Construction July 16, 2018 9:44 pm By Miklos Bolza

A judge has stayed a case brought by Hyundai to enforce a $7.9 million arbitration award against Alfasi Steel related to the delayed construction of Sydney’s International Conference Centre until a challenge to the award in Singapore’s High Court concludes.

Provident receivers may face objections over PwC merger
Class Actions July 16, 2018 5:45 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

The judge overseeing the administration of Provident Capital has invited debenture holders to object to the company’s receivers staying on after their firm completes its merger with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Provident’s former auditor which has also been named as a cross-defendant in two class actions over Provident’s collapse.

Stalemate broken over docs from AFP raid of mining magnate Tony Sage
White Collar July 16, 2018 10:54 pm By Miklos Bolza

A judge has issued a ruling on the procedure for reviewing documents for legal professional privilege that were seized from mining magnate Tony Sage by the Australian Federal Police, after a stalemate over the review process left the documents in legal limbo for five years. 

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.