Most Recent
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.

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.

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. 

Witness credibility concerns aired in Cascade Coal suppression bid
Competition & Consumer Protection July 13, 2018 4:03 pm By Miklos Bolza

The credibility of a witness in the ACCC’s dismissed cartel case against Cascade Coal may prejudice an upcoming criminal trial against the son of former NSW Labor minister Eddie Obeid, a court was told Friday. 

ACCC calls for major fixes to ‘broken’ electricity market
Energy & Natural Resources July 11, 2018 1:42 pm By Christine Caulfield

Mergers of major electricity generators would be blocked and the energy regulator given more power to combat market manipulation under sweeping reforms to reduce rising energy prices released by the consumer watchdog Wednesday.

ACCC says Click Energy misled consumers about discounts
Competition & Consumer Protection July 9, 2018 5:52 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

The ACCC has filed a lawsuit against Click Energy for allegedly misleading consumers about possible discounts on their energy bills.

ACCC loses coal tender cartel case, but reasons suppressed
Competition & Consumer Protection July 6, 2018 10:10 pm By Miklos Bolza

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s high profile case alleging cartel conduct and bid rigging for mining exploration licences in NSW was dismissed by the Federal Court on Friday, but the reasons for dismissal may not be known for another year.

Ex-Kimberley Diamonds exec acquitted in ASIC case
Securities June 27, 2018 4:30 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

The former head of Australian mining company Kimberley Diamonds has been acquitted of charges that he signed off on market statements that assumed luxury retailer Tiffany & Co would pay higher prices for the company’s rare yellow diamonds.

Herbert Smith Freehills wins case over United’s failed IPO
Corporate June 26, 2018 11:50 pm By Christine Caulfield

Herbert Smith Freehills has prevailed in a suit by United Petroleum alleging the law firm and former chairman Martin Hudson breached their duties to the company when they pulled a planned initial public offering in 2016.