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Kraft loses bid for Bega docs as trial date looms
Intellectual Property July 13, 2018 5:30 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

A judge has shot down a bid by Kraft for extensive discovery from Bega, but granted its request for a so-called Sabre order against US company Mondelez, three weeks before trial kicks off in the case over who owns the rights to the iconic Kraft peanut butter trade dress in Australia.

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. 

Arnold Bloch to defend Kogan against ‘catch’ AdWords claims
Intellectual Property July 13, 2018 12:13 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

Arnold Bloch Liebler will defend e-retailer Kogan against allegations by competitor Catch Group that it is violating its “catch” trademarks and the consumer law through sponsored links on Google driven by phrases using the word “catch”.

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. 

Class action seeks data on individuals that got Cash Converters loans
Class Actions July 13, 2018 12:44 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

Cash Converters has been asked to produce data on individuals that it provided payday loans to in Queensland in a class action alleging it charged a brokerage fee to borrowers for services they never received.

ACCC brings cartel case against Cryosite over ‘gun jumping’
Competition & Consumer Protection July 12, 2018 11:49 am By Cat Fredenburgh

The ACCC has brought a cartel case against biologics company Cryosite for agreeing to coordinate with competitor Cell Care prior to the completion of their merger agreement.

Judge says Sportsbet case over CrownBet rebrand is ‘strong’
Intellectual Property July 12, 2018 11:39 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

The judge that temporarily barred CrownBet from moving forward with its planned rebrand to Sportingbet said Sportsbet has made a ‘strong’ case that use of the mark by CrownBet is likely to cause confusion among consumers of online betting services.

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.

Ethicon applicants asked to weigh in on UK ruling on defective products
Product Liability July 11, 2018 12:29 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

The judge overseeing a class action against Johnson & Johnson over allegedly defective vaginal mesh products has asked the applicants to weigh in on a recent UK High Court ruling that found there must be an abnormal risk in order for a product to be considered defective.

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.