News 2014.

Privacy: a new broom sweeps across borders

A new paradigm. The volume of personal information collected has increased exponentially in recent years due to advances in technology and the ways individuals interact. Australian legislation has caught up to this trend, ...

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Comparison pricing: the price is right

The price is right. Comparison advertising with two prices is frequently used as a powerful sales tool. Businesses often compare the price of a product with: the company’s previous pricing (including ‘was/now’ or ...

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The Instagram Act

Legislation responds to technology In the UK, the recently enacted Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act, Instagram Act as it is referred to, has controversially dealt with images posted online on social media and photo sharing ...

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When is changing a role a genuine redundancy

Vexed question The question of what constitutes a ‘genuine redundancy’ is a perennial and vexed one. Getting it wrong can land an employer in hot water. This is particularly so in the unfair dismissal jurisdiction where employers ...

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Quick, call the policy

No longer an option – a social media policy could keep you out of court. A serious legal concern for employers is that ‘vicarious liability’ may be attributed to employers for discriminatory or defamatory comments made by ...

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Therapeutic benefits of tiger tooth

What is the TGA? The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) administers the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (Cth) (Act) and is responsible for regulating therapeutic goods including: medicines; medical devices and implants; ...

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Do you want to litigate? A litigator’s perspective

Much to consider. Litigation can be a time consuming and costly process. Also to consider is the emotional burden of being involved in what is often a protracted and invasive process. The pains of litigation can also be inherently ...

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Franchisors beware: ACCC set to audit

Special attention. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) sometimes release details of industries or target groups that will be receiving their attention, either by media releases or in public speeches. Putting ...

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Courts ‘like’ serving documents via social media

Courts – the land that time forgot no more? Social media may now have a more commercial significance for lawyers. Service of court documents in Australia has extended beyond traditional means such as in person or via post. A ...

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WIPO: resolving domain name disputes

Cybersquatting. Cybersquatting occurs when people register domain names in bad faith with the intention of making a profit from the goodwill of a trade mark that they do not own. One of the earliest examples of a written definition ...

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