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Protected: The dangers of ‘greenwashing’: Claiming to be ‘green’ or ‘sustainable’ may expose your business to liability for misleading or deceptive conduct

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Explainer: the result of the Palmer v McGowan defamation dispute

On 2 August, the defamation dispute between Clive Palmer and Premier Mark McGowan concluded, as Justice Lee of the Federal Court of Australia delivered his judgment. Palmer said McGowan defamed him; McGowan …

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New image search tool for Australian wine trade marks, courtesy of Wine Australia

In 2021 the Australian government’s wine regulator, Wine Australia, introduced a database called the Export Label Image Search System (ELISS). ELISS was introduced in conjunction with broader regulations aimed at strengthening the …

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Bennett – Setting a new precedent

From today, Bennett + Co becomes Bennett – Litigation and Commercial Law. The new name coincides with the firm’s relocation to expanded, state-of-the-art offices in Westralia Square in the Perth CBD. With …

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‘Serious harm’ required to succeed in a defamation claim

In 2005, a significant overhaul of the Uniform Defamation Laws (UDL) in Australia took place, with each state in Australia enacting largely consistent legislation. That legislation recalibrated the balance struck by Australian …

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Did you know: Creditors can serve statutory demands by email?

The Corporations Act is slowly catching up to modern technology. We have recently seen the introduction of measures such as electronic signatures and director identification numbers, the short-lived regulation of proxy advice …

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AFSL holders the target of both cybercriminals and ASIC: Failure to protect against cyberattacks results in judgment against financial services licensee

Cyber security risk forms a significant risk connected with the conduct of the business and provision of financial services.

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Update on a Landlords’ ability to recover outgoings under the Commercial Tenancy (Retail Shops) Agreement Act 1985 (WA)

The Court of Appeal in Western Australia has finally settled an ongoing tension between landlords and tenants regarding the obligations to pay operating expenses As a result of the Court of Appeal’s …

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Children fail in their bid to use litigation to force the Australian Government to address climate change

The reality of climate change should be obvious to anyone living in Australia over the last few years. Deadly floods followed deadly fires, which had followed a devastating drought. Other parts of …

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Mandatory Director Identification Number requirements incoming

From 5 April 2022 any person wishing to be appointed as a director under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) must now apply for their individual director identification number (DIN) from the Australian …

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