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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.

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.

ACCC loses appeal in LG faulty television case
Competition & Consumer Protection June 27, 2018 2:01 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

The Full Federal Court has upheld most of a ruling that found LG did not engage in misleading or deceptive conduct by failing to inform purchasers of faulty televisions of the remedies available to them under the Australian Consumer Law.

ACCC takes Pfizer competition case to High Court
Appeals June 25, 2018 3:47 pm By Christine Caulfield

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is seeking special leave from the High Court to appeal a ruling in a case alleging drug giant Pfizer misused its market power ahead of the expiration of its patent for Lipitor.

First union official hit with personal fine after High Court ruling
Employment June 25, 2018 11:20 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

The first personal fine against a union official has been handed down in the wake of the High Court’s ruling that courts can order union officials to pay out of their own pockets for violating the Fair Work Act.

High Court says superannuation counts as lost earnings
Product Liability June 13, 2018 11:48 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

The High Court has said pensions can count as lost earnings, agreeing with a ruling from the Full Court of the Supreme Court of South Australia that found an individual dying from work-related mesothelioma was owed compensation for the expected loss of his  superannuation.

Funder can’t stop Banksia class member from appealing $64M settlement
Class Actions June 8, 2018 12:15 am By Christine Caulfield

The litigation funder underwriting a class action over the collapse of Banksia Securities lost its bid Thursday to block a group member from challenging a $64 million settlement in the case.

Corrs Chambers fights ruling that hit pause on GetSwift class action
Class Actions June 7, 2018 10:53 am By Christine Caulfield

Law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth is following in the footsteps of Squire Patton Boggs, with both now challenging a ruling that halted their shareholder class actions against logistics startup GetSwift.

Glenville wins appeal of privilege ruling in Amcor asbestos dispute
Environment June 4, 2018 10:58 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

Luxury home builder Glenville has won an appeal of a ruling that shielded certain documents from production by legal professional privilege in a lawsuit against global packaging giant Amcor over liability for asbestos remediation at a former Amcor paper mill site in a Melbourne suburb.

ACCC loses appeal in Pfizer misuse of market power case
Competition & Consumer Protection May 25, 2018 3:05 pm By Christine Caulfield

In a major loss for the ACCC, the Full Federal Court on Friday tossed the competition regulator’s challenge to a ruling that drug giant Pfizer did not misuse its market power in the months leading up to the expiration of the patent for its blockbuster cholesterol drug Lipitor.