News 2014.

Doping in court – the verdict

Essendon obliterated in the Federal Court. Prior to the stunning decision by Justice John Middleton in the Federal Court on Friday, there was talk in the legal community that the decision could go either way. The outcome is ...

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Apple takes a bite out of retail

In November 2010 Apple Inc obtained a three-dimensional trade mark of the layout of their ‘flagship’ stores in the United States as depicted below. Since then Apple has sought to extend this trade mark protection internationally ...

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Doping in court

Is sunlight the best disinfectant? The landmark Federal Court case of the Essendon Football Club and James Hird v Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority1 awaits a decision from Justice Middleton. The tortuous doping saga that has ...

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Landmark decision in sexual harassment case

Reflecting changing community standards. In the decision of Richardson v Oracle Corporation Australia Pty Ltd1 the Full Court of the Federal Court has dramatically increased the amount of compensation for general damages ...

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Sign on the dotted line

Is the pen mightier than the keyboard? In an age of rapid changes in commerce, almost every norm of business processes has been challenged. But the handwritten signature for executing legal documents seems to be somewhat immune ...

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Privacy cleared for take off

This is your Privacy Commissioner speaking… In a recent decision by the Privacy Commissioner1, a Virgin Australia airline passenger suffered damage through the collection and disclosure of his sensitive personal information by a ...

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Restraining restraints of trade

Still spritely at age 243… Restraint of trade is a well established and ‘old world’ common law doctrine. It relates to the enforceability of contractual restrictions on freedom to ‘ply one’s trade’ or conduct business ...

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Left out of LinkedIn

Who owns LinkedIn contacts? LinkedIn is the professional social network of choice for a reported 300million users. Its wide reach and importance to business has prompted discussion regarding the ownership of LinkedIn contacts made ...

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Copyright: gloves off in journalism row

A row is erupting. Australia’s largest newspaper group, News Corporation, and its new local online competitor, Daily Mail Australia are involved in an increasingly bitter row. This commotion highlights important issues over ...

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@employee, you’re fired

Can you dismiss an employee for a Facebook post? Social media is undeniably a part of everyday life for many people, and most businesses have incorporated social media into their official communications. It’s reach is enormous, ...

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