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Final report from the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services Inquiry into litigation funding and the regulation of the class action industry
Insight 23 Dec 2020

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services (the Committee) has completed its inquiry into litigation funding and the regulation of the class action industry and released its much-anticipated final report earlier this week. ...

Escaping IP infringement of renowned handbag
Insight 15 Dec 2020

On 6 November 2020, Australian fashion label State of Escape Pty Ltd ( State of Escape ) – renowned for its 'unique' perforated neoprene handbag – lost its two-year-long battle with Chuchka Bags Pt ...

Australia moves one step closer to adopting a worldwide human rights sanction regime
Insight 15 Dec 2020

Australian Government enact legislation to establish a worldwide human rights sanctions regime. We report on why the Committee's recommendations have implications for your business's approach to sanctions risk management, as well as for Australia's broader sanctions framework. ...

ACCC releases its first Digital Platform Services Inquiry Interim Report
Insight 27 Nov 2020

The ACCC recently published the Digital Platform Services Inquiry Interim Report as part of its role in monitoring the impact of digital platforms on competition and consumers. The Interim Report examines the privacy / data handling, competition, consumer and small business implications related to the increasing use of online private messaging services. ...

Digital Platform Services Inquiry Interim Report; ACCC commences proceedings against Agrison; Trivago loses its appeal in the Full Federal Court; and other developments
Insight 25 Nov 2020

Digital Platform Services Inquiry Interim Report; ACCC commences proceedings against Agrison alleging false or misleading representations about warranties; appeal on Employsure case; Trivago's loses appeal; Compare the Market acquisitions of iSelect under review; ADT Security to refund customers and remove or amend unfair contract terms. ...

A win to litigation funders in employment class actions
Insight 20 Nov 2020

A decision in a 'wage underpayment' class action (Simon Alexander Turner v Tesa Mining) examines the extent to which funders can be liable for costs in Fair Work Act proceedings. ...

Federal Court orders penalties against Viagogo; ACCC commences new civil proceedings; Rod Sims continues to advocate for law changes; and other developments
Insight 17 Nov 2020

Federal Court orders penalties against Viagogo and iSelect; ACCC commences new civil proceedings; Rod Sims continues to advocate for law changes; and other developments ...

Down-scheduling CBD and growing Australia's cannabis industry
Insight 10 Nov 2020

The Therapeutics Goods Administration is proposing amendments to the Poisons Standard to permit pharmacists to sell low-dose cannabidiol (CBD) products without a prescription. Businesses intending to import, manufacture and supply cannabis products in the Australian market should monitor these developments closely. ...

Foreign influence – from education to enforcement
Insight 09 Nov 2020

A heightened risk of foreign interference and a shift towards enforcement of the new foreign influence and interference legislation means it is now critical to consider any compliance risks your business may face. ...

Nucleus – corporate law developments: ASIC concludes stub equity consultation; FIRB amending legislation introduced; FIRB updates guidance on tax conditions; proposal to make electronic signing and virtual meetings permanent; and other corporate law developments
Insight 02 Nov 2020

ASIC concludes position on use of stub equity in control transactions; ASX extends emergency class waivers and clarifies ability to ratify use of additional placement capacity; FIRB amending legislation introduced to Parliament; FIRB updates guidance on tax conditions; ACCC to examine competition in mobile apps; Fair Work Commission extends temporary COVID-19 flexibilities in 99 modern awards; Federal Government proposes to make electronic signing and virtual meetings permanent. ...

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