• LexBlog Australia

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LexBlog
Publication date:
2019-10-04

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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 [2020] 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...

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