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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.

Lawyers won’t move AMP class actions without a fight
Class Actions July 17, 2018 8:43 pm By Miklos Bolza

Applicants in four Federal Court class actions against AMP won’t voluntarily move their cases to the NSW Supreme Court on the invitation of a state judge, leaving a jurisdictional battle to rage on.

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.

Costs in “Love is in the Air” IP case ballooning, court told
Intellectual Property July 17, 2018 10:58 pm By Miklos Bolza

The costs of defending a copyright case over the disco hit “Love is in the Air” are out of control and could exceed any amount recovered, members of US band Glass Candy told a federal court judge, as they faced off against co-defendant Air France in an unsuccessful bid to consolidate the liability and costs phases of the case.

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.