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- Navy Awards Blockchain Contract, Crypto Loyalty Programs Advance, Australia Releases Blockchain Strategy, US Warns on Crypto AML and Continues Enforcement
In this issue: • Blockchain Enterprise Applications Continue to Emerge Across Industries • Crypto Loyalty Rewards, Custody and Stablecoin Initiatives; Equity Swap on Blockchain • Anti-Money Laundering a Global Concern; Australia Releases Blockchain Road Map • Enforcement Agencies Prosecute Crypto Fraud Schemes and Dark Market Actors Blockchain Enterprise Applications Continue to Emerge Across Industries By:...
- Blockchain Week in Review: Week of February 7, 2020
Weekly Focus SEC Commissioner Proposes Safe Harbor for Token Offerings Crypto Company Must Place Investors Back in Their Pre-Investment Position American Council on Education to Explore Blockchain Optimization Two Men Charged in Crypto Ponzi Scheme Australia to Launch Blockchain Roadmap Telangana, India To Launch Blockchain Incubator Bermuda to Explore Digital Currency Payment System U.S. Developments...
- IP Australia Proposes Minor Fee Changes, Major Changes to Opposition and Other Hearing Costs Awards
Just prior to Christmas, IP Australia announced that it is seeking feedback on its draft Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (CRIS), which outlines proposed fee changes that would take effect from October 2020. It is also taking the opportunity to review the hearing costs that may be awarded for Patents, Trade Marks and Designs. The public...
- FSANZ wants comments on planned produce rules
Authorities in Australia are calling for comments on a plan to develop a primary production and processing standard for high-risk horticulture. Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)’s proposal will consider the development of a primary production and processing (PPP) standard for high-risk horticulture as part of a broader review of Chapter 3 and 4 of...
- Legal management of the novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Australia
In NSW, “Novel Coronavirus 2019” was scheduled under the Public Health Act 2010 (NSW) by executive order on 21 January. As a result, a number of statutory obligations and public health powers thereafter apply to identified cases, and to those who have come in contact with a case. This and other legal framework issues are addressed in a...
- Investors Bring 10b-5 Action Against Westpac Over Money Laundering Scandal
AML Scandals Seem to Inevitably Spawn Investor Lawsuits As we recently blogged, Westpac, Australia’s second-largest retail bank, has been embroiled in a scandal arising from approximately 23 million alleged breaches of Australia’s anti-money laundering/countering terrorist financing (“AML/CTF”) laws and regulations involving nearly $12 billion in transactions. The scandal broke on November 20, 2019 when the...
- Researchers test method to remove Salmonella from eggshells
Researchers at a university in Australia have found a way to prevent salmonellosis affecting eggs through surface contamination. Flinders University scientists developed a shell egg decontamination method that removed Salmonella Typhimurium from the outside of an egg without impacting its usability. The method adapted a temperature-controlled water bath common in kitchens and associated with the...
- Appeal: Refusal to reinstate psychologist
Vito Zepinic v Health Care Complaints Commission  NSWSC 13 (available on Caselaw) saw the NSW Supreme Court refuse an appeal brought by Mr Zepinic, from an earlier decision of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal. The matter has a complex background. Dr Zepinic was born in the former Yugoslavia in 1953. He emigrated to...
- Coronavirus: what should employers be doing?
Australia, like many countries, is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. In order to meet their duty of care to workers, there are a number of steps employers should now be taking. Be across the facts, not the hysteria...
- Australia – What to look out for in employment law in 2020
2019 saw many legislative and jurisprudential developments in employment law which should be top of mind for employers moving forward in 2020. In this article, we summarise the main issues to watch in 2020. The underpayment crisis – “wage theft” The recent spate of very public self-reported wage underpayments by businesses has resulted in increased...
- New Web site targets online child abuse
A Web site launched yesterday as part of a collaborative effort by law enforcement agencies on three continents is intended to serve as a global resource for helping to prevent child abuse online. Virtual Global Taskforce, created through a partnership between law enforcement agencies and industry...
- Alfalfa probe fails to find salmonella source
Extensive tests have to failed determine the source of salmonella found in alfalfa products, which affected 120 people across Perth. Western Australia’s Health Department launched an investigation into the Parilla Fresh factory in Hamilton Hill last month. The factory was forced to halt production...
- By Request Week: Are there any software tools specifically designed for commercial lawyers?
Request about software for transactional...
- Bloggers Beware: Even Creative Commons Photos Could Land You in Court
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- Social networking for lawyers
Nick Abrahams, chair of the Sydney, Australia office of Deacons, which has branches throughout Asia, discussed his firm’s survey on technology. The survey, among other things, that “If you’re over 35, you’re the loneliest person on Facebook because only 1 percent of workers in that age group are...
- Australia – Class Action Funders, and Competition Between Lawyers to Pursue Securities Class Action Claims
A Mondaq article from the Deacons law firm provides an interesting example of how entrepreneurial claiming is changing the face of litigation. The article is a brief but illuminating account of current, ongoing competition between multiple securities class action claims brought by different law...
- Date Rape Drugs on Cruise Ships – the Death of Dianne Brimble
A criminal trial begins this week in Australia in the case of cruise passenger Dianne Brimble, a passenger sailing with her children on P & O Cruises’ Pacific Sky in 2002. It has been seven years since Ms. Brimble’s ill fated cruise which ended with her death. A coroner determined the cause of...
- Australia Releases Proposal Intended To Strengthen Nanomaterial Regulation
On November 9, 2009, Australia announced the availability of a public discussion paper proposing to strengthen regulation of industrial nanomaterials used in Australia. The National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) developed the proposal in conjunction with its...
- Australian government makes plan for whistleblower protections
The administration of Australia’s Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, announced plans this week for a new whistleblower law to protect Commonwealth employees. In 2008, the Rudd administration asked Australia’s House of Representatives Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs (the Committee)...
- Australian Food Safety Conference, 7-9 September and NZFSA Conference, 13-14 September
Although I just returned to the States, I will soon be packing my bags again to speak in Australia and New Zealand on food safety. New Zealand – Facing food safety challenges to reputation and consumer confidence Technology changes, new production methods, and advances in packaging, storage and...