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- Improving The International Supply Chain Through IPEF
How IPEF Builds On Prior Trade Relationships Negotiated By The Biden Administration: In May 2023, the Biden Administration announced the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF), a commitment to improving supply chains between the U.S., and the Indo-Pacific nations of Australia, Brunei, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand,...
- Codex discusses remote audits and food fraud
Progress has been made on guidelines for remote audits but not on a food fraud text, according to reports from a recent Codex meeting. The Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems (CCFICS) met in May in Australia. The development of draft guidelines on the prevention and control of food fraud...
- Legal challenges in autonomous flight: Things to consider before investing in an aircraft that flies itself
Today, some commentators have even argued that autonomous flight is likely to become a reality much earlier than autonomous driving. However, a distinct issue is the extent to which artificial intelligence (AI) may be used in autonomous flight.
- (Australia) Debt Ceilings Apply Outside of the US
The uncertainty in markets continues as a result of a number of issues, including monetary policy, supply chain challenges, labour market constraints, increased creditor activities and a balance sheet reckoning post-COVID-19 where government support propped up unworthy businesses. That potentially debilitating economic cocktail is compounded by the fact that all entities have a debt ceiling,...
- FIRST-TO-FILE OR FIRST-TO-USE? TRADEMARK PROTECTION IN AUSTRALIA
Foreign entities wishing to register an Australian trademark should be aware that Australia is a ‘first-to-use’ jurisdiction. This means that the owner of a trademark is the first user of that trademark. First to File In some jurisdictions, the entity that is the first to file an application to register a particular trademark is the...
- (Australia) Post Administration R&D Tax Offsets Deemed Personal Property in Account
Companies entering external administration often have outstanding tax filings. The external controllers appointed conduct initial and ongoing reviews as to those filings. Then, in time, they either bring the filings up to date or engage the tax office in order to revisit historical filings. Aside from being legally required to address a company’s filings, external...
- Online Travel Update: Regulatory Objections Stall Booking.com's Acquisition of Etraveli, JP Morgan Chase Expands Travel Platform, Hopper Joins Forces with Australia's Largest Bank
For those of you in the United States, I hope you enjoyed your long holiday weekend – the unofficial kickoff to summer. Our weekly Online Travel Update is below. It’s been a few weeks since we featured a story on banks’ growing influence in travel, but this week’s Update includes stories on two large banks...
- Fire Breaks Out on Pacific Aventure Off Australia – Does Your Cabin’s Balcony Have a Sprinkler and Heat/Smoke Detection System?
A fire erupted on the balcony of a guest cabin on the Pacific Adventure cruise ship around 3:15 A.M. yesterday (Australian time) off the coast of New South Wales. The P&O Cruises’ cruise ship was carrying over 3,000 guests and a crew of over 1,000. Newspapers reported that many guests were forced to evacuate from...
- Institutional abuse of children: Legal remedies and redress in Australia, 2nd edition (June 2023).
Lexis Nexis has kindly published a new edition of our book, which is due for release in early June. Online pre-orders from the Lexis Nexis website presently provide a 10% discount on the usual price. (See link below) Institutional abuse of children: Legal remedies and redress in Australia, 2nd edition. The chapter list for the...
- Allergen issues continue to dominate Australian recalls
Almost half of food recalls in Australia in 2022 were because of undeclared allergens but the amount declined from the previous year. Data released by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) shows there were 75 recalls in the past year with 29 because of allergens. Other common reasons were microbial contamination and foreign matter. The...
- 2 truckers die in crash in Australia
Driver fatigue and trucking safety are not just an American concern. On 3/11/05, a truck driver and his passenger died when the semi-trailer they were travelling in crashed on the New South Wales north coast in Australia. The men were killed when the vehicle crashed on the Pacific Highway near...
- Today’s question: How do you properly cook an alligator?
Jane Zhang of the Wall Street Journal reports that a public-health officer in Sydney, Australia, had an urgent question: A consumer found a black, shiny, 1.3-centimeter-long beetle with fine, short antennas and hairy legs in a sandwich. The plastic bag the bread came in “had no holes in it, and I...
- Meat cleanliness is vital but clipping is not only option
A report on the need for cleanliness in the meat production chain, from farm to plate, to control the potential scourge of E coli was published yesterday, commissioned by red-meat promotion organization Quality Meat Scotland. However, the report contains no recommendations on any part of the...
- New Technique Quickly Diagnoses Food Poisoning Bacteria
A Queensland University of Technology (QUT)researcher has developed a new technique that can help scientists and clinicians quickly and cheaply diagnose the bacteria which causes the most common bout of food poisoning in Australia. Erin Price, from QUT’s Faculty of Science, has developed a novel...
- Australian Plaintiff’s Case Transferred to Defendant’s Home District
Hope Family Vineyards Pty, Ltd., v. Hope Wine, LLC, No. 08 C 3246, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Jul. 11, 2008) (Lindberg, J.). Judge Lindberg granted defendant's §1404(a) motion to transfer to the Central District of California. Plaintiff was an Australian entity with its principal place of business in...
- Implications of Aristocrat v. IGT for Software Patents
The law governing U.S. software patents sometimes shifts like the ground here in California – a point illustrated by the recent decision of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) in Aristocrat Technologies Australia PTY Ltd. v. International Game Technology, 521 F.3d 1328, 1333 (Fed....
- Salmonella in Austraila Linked to “Pawpaw”
They say you learn something new everyday, and even though its not lunchtime, I am ahead of that pace today. The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that several Salmonella illnesses in Western Australia have been linked to “pawpaw.”: West Australians have been warned to thoroughly wash pawpaw...
- Alleged abuse by “healer” and “shaman”
A man who called himself a healer and psychic surgeon and promised to cure breast cancer has gotten into legal trouble in Australia. Apparently this person claimed to be a shaman and that he would cure the client after she did not get relief from conventional medicine: Weighing just 44 kilograms,...
- Extraterritoriality: Not Just a Securities Law Issue
Oral argument in the Morrison v. National Australia Bank case, now before the U.S. Supreme Court on a petition for writ of certiorari, is scheduled to take place next week, on Monday March 29, 2010. The case presents questions about the extraterritorial application of the U.S. securities laws,...
- Morrison Precludes F-Squared Cases, Too, Court Concludes
The Supreme Court’s decision last month in the Morrison v. National Australia Bank precludes so-called “f-cubed” claims (claims brought by foreign plaintiffs who bought foreign stock on a foreign exchange). An unanswered question is whether Morrison also precludes “f-squared” claims – that is,...