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- Global Insolvency Report: impact of Covid-19 on Insolvency Laws
How are countries re-vamping their Insolvency and Restructuring Laws to Combat Covid-19. Our guide summarises the key changes in the following jurisdictions: Australia, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Japan, Poland, Russia, Spain, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States.
- Australia’s Top Court Reverses Sex Abuse Convictions of Cardinal George Pell
In Pell v. The Queen, (High Ct. Australia, April 7, 2020), Australia’s highest court reversed the sex abuse convictions of Cardinal George Pell, finding: there is “a significant possibility that an innocent person has been convicted because the evidence did not establish guilt to the requisite standard of proof.” The court ordered that judgments of acquittal...
- Pell v The Queen
Although unrelated to the usual topics on this blog, the decision of the High Court of Australia in Pell v The Queen  HCA 12 (available on Jade) may be of interest. The Court granted special leave to appeal and allowed the appeal. The media summary issued by the Court stated: The High Court considered...
- LawNext Episode 69: Using Tech to Manage COVID-19 Legal Issues in Australia
In Australia, as elsewhere, COVID-19 is creating a surge in the demand for legal help, especially among low-income individuals, as people face job losses, evictions, bankruptcy, domestic violence, and end-of-life issues. Further complicating the situation there is that parts of the country are still recovering from the bush fires that only recently were extinguished. With...
- First in Series of Global Legal Tech Reports Finds Good and Bad in Australia
The first in a new series of planned reports on legal tech globally looks at the market in Australia, where it finds good and bad — a vibrant and kaleidoscopic industry, but one where women are under-represented as founders or cofounders of companies. “Our inaugural report on Australia’s legal tech companies reveals a vibrant, thriving...
- Some good advice on food safety in the time of the coronavirus
The Food Safety Information Council today released information about coronaviruses, COVID-19 and food safety. Cathy Moir, Council Chair, said that consumers have been in contact asking questions about food safety during the pandemic. “The good news is that Food Standards Australia New Zealand states that there is no international evidence so far that the virus...
- COVID-19 Australia trademark litigation update
We recently spoke with Blake Knowles, principal partner at Spruson & Ferguson, to discuss how COVID-19 has impacted Australia trademark opposition and cancellation rules and procedures. 1. Thank you for your time, Blake. How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted IP Australia’s policies and procedures regarding trademark oppositions, cancellations, and invalidations? IP Australia has facilitated remote...
- Why it is Unlikely that the Australian Government Will Invoke Crown Use Provisions in COVID-19 Crisis
On 19 March 2020, Australia’s Shadow Minister for Employment, Industry, Science and Small Business, Brendan O’Connor, wrote to his counterpart, Industry Minister Karen Andrews, to ask if the government had ‘explored how Crown use of patents may be invoked, particularly for urgent manufacturing of supplies such as facial masks’. While the country’s response to the...
- Australian Human Rights Commission – Respect@Work: National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces
The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has recently released its ‘RespectWork: National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces’ report (Report) in response to the decision in June 2018 by the Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins, and the then Minister for Women, the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer, to launch the independent national inquiry into sexual harassment...
- Sperm harvest decision: Western Australia
With thanks to Phil Gleeson for noting the matter RE SECTION 22 OF THE HUMAN TISSUE AND TRANSPLANT ACT 1982 (WA); EX PARTE H  WASC 99, available on the eCourts Portal. This was an ex parte application under O 52 r 2 and r 3 of the Rules of the Supreme Court 1971 (WA) and...
- Law firms may be learning SEO for new MSN search
The Search Engine Journal reports we may soon be seeing the long anticipated revised MSN search engine: CBS MarketWatch reports that Microsoft will unveil a new look to its MSN Search service next month. The new MSN Search has been highly anticipated to challenge Google and Yahoo dominance.. In...
- Ten Commandments of Client Relationships
Those who have been reading my blog for awhile, know I believe that a major thrust in terms of legal marketing involves relationship building – with clients, referral sources and prospects. In fact, I like to define marketing as the “development and enhancement of client relationships.” So, when I...
- Fish Tanks Can Breed Salmonella
Heather Bair-Brake is with the the CDC has received several reports of salmonella infection from reptile terrariums. Australia has recently reported several cases of salmonella that have been serious enough to send children to the hospital. Twelve million Americans have aquariums. “We’re telling...
- National Institute for Complementary Medicine for Australia
Australia is launching a counterpart to the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The Australian Government will provide 4 million dollars to the University of Western Sydney to help establish a National Institute for Complementary Medicine....
- Legal News – LexBlogosphere: 3/24/08
This week kicks off – as so many weeks before it – with another batch of news from across the legal spectrum. Today’s update is yet again an international edition, featuring foreign attorneys from as close as Toronto and as far away as Australia. Supreme Court stops game playing – plaintiff who...
- Asset Search News Roundup: October 2, 2008
Given the fact that some beneficial owners conceal funds in bank accounts used as money laundering “links”, this “Asset Search News Roundup” describes money laundering news from around the world: 1. Australia: The Australian Institute of Criminology, has released its September report, “Money...
- Guidance from Down Under on Government Use of Web 2.0 Sites
Australia has some of the most sophisticated and advanced laws on document retention and access. Therefore, it was not surprising to find this guidance on records retentions issues for government web 2.0 sites coming from the Australian government: Records Management and Web 2.0...
- Hung Jury in Dianne Brimble Cruise Death Trial
Today, the Court dismissed the jury in the Dianne Brimble trial in Australia after it deadlocked on one of two remaining charges against P & O passenger Mark Wilhelm. The prosecution originally brought three charges against defendant Wilhelm for his involvement in the drugging death of Ms....
- Australia and Asbestos – The James Hardie Saga, Its Asbestos Claim Payment Foundation – A Viable Alternative to Ch. 11 ?
Now it’s west (from Chicago) to Australia, asbestos and the public company fiber cement business commonly known as James Hardie. The short story is that James Hardie and its officers and directors have been through a wringer as several were convicted of securities violations in connection with...
- Supreme Court Limits Foreign Investors’ Access to U.S. Courts
In a long-awaited ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court on June 24, 2010 issued an opinion affirming dismissal of the Morrison v. National Australia Bank case. Among other things, the Court’s opinion will limit securities claims by investors who bought their shares on foreign exchanges. This ruling could...