In response to years of consumer complaints, the state government is implementing major changes in relation to domestic building contracts and disputes in Victoria. Practitioners need to be aware of the new procedures and requirements.
Patents – damages for unjustified threats – person aggrieved – calculation of damages.
Copyright – infringement of the Lord of the Rings “One Ring Inscription” – summary judgment.
Trade Marks – passing off – misleading or deceptive conduct – Pacific Ale – groundless threats.
Misleading and deceptive conduct – trade indicia – “get up” of pharmacy chain – use of primary colours, especially yellow – appeal primarily against findings of fact.
The Commonwealth parliament is in the process of passing a law in relation to concerted practices, largely following the Harper Review recommendations on that topic. Was that wise?
The validity of an adjudication is conditional upon the adjudicator performing the statutory task of assessing the amount of construction work and its value. In the same case, judicial review in relation to the adjudicator’s alleged incorrect finding of an available reference date was pursued, but only formally in light of Lewence  NSWCA 288.
Edelman J’s decision in ACCC v Chrisco Hampers  FCA 1204 provides guidance on how courts will approach the unfair contract term provsions of the ACL.
The Court of Appeal has found that a failure to disclose the “substance” or “gist” of confidential information relied upon when making an exclusion order under the Racing Act 1958 (Vic) will not necessarily constitute a breach of procedural fairness.
Lender’s power to seek summary dismissal of a claim not straightforward in the case of alleged penalties
The Supreme Court of Victoria has partly granted an application by a financier, Equity-One, for summary dismissal of a claim brought against it by a borrower/guarantor. The decision considers the principles applicable to summary dismissal of a claim where allegations of Anshun estoppel and the doctrine of penalties are raised.
A five-member bench of the New South Wales Court of Appeal recently heard argument in an appeal from a decision by Justice Brereton dealing with a liquidator’s remuneration claim.
What should a trustee do if the trust deed governing the trust cannot be found? On what terms does the trustee hold the property? This short article considers these questions in the Victorian context.
Undaunted by the High Court’s decision in Farah Constructions, the New South Wales Court of Appeal has breathed life into common law claims for money had and received, holding that they can coexist with claims arising in circumstances covered by the well-recognised ‘first limb’ of Barnes v Addy (knowing receipt).
It has been held that automatic set off under s 553C of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) precludes companies in liquidation from taking advantage of the summary progress payment regime under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2002 (Vic).
To what extent are a defamation plaintiff’s hurt feelings relevant to the defence of triviality? On 20 October 2016, the majority of the Queensland Court of Appeal in Smith v Lucht  QCA 267 definitively answered this question: the plaintiff’s hurt feelings are not relevant to the defence.