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Die Hard and John MacLane’s destiny – how movie titles function as trade marks

It is not really Christmas, until Hans Gruber falls from Nakatomi Plaza, and that festive sentiment seems to have led to this pending Australian trade mark application for “A Very Die Hard …

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Trade marks and NFTs – what luxury brands have learned from “MetaBirkin”

World famous car manufacturer Ferrari has filed a series of Australian trade mark applications for, amongst other things, virtual goods. Here is a partial extract of one of these, featuring Ferrari’s highly …

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What does the Government’s Response to the Quality of Financial Advice Review Mean for the Financial Services Industry?

A year-long inquiry into the quality of advice was ordered by the previous Coalition government after around 10,000 professional advisers quit the industry, increasing the median price of advice by 40% to …

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Multi-Enterprise Agreements

A number of amendments made to the Fair Work Act by the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Secure Jobs Better Pay) Act 2022 affecting enterprise agreements came in to effect on 6 June …

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Submission on the Communications Legislation Amendment (Combatting Misinformation and Disinformation) Bill 2023 Exposure Draft

Summary As Bennett regularly acts for clients who are aggrieved by internet content, we are acutely aware of the harm and damage that can be caused by the spread of false and …

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Politicians, qualified privilege and the right of reply

The media often decries the severity of Australia’s defamation laws and the difficulties that media defendants face, particularly in conducting ‘public interest journalism’ and criticising figures in power. Yet quite often it …

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Running into Binance problems – The recent crackdown on cryptocurrency exchanges

Despite waning media interest, and unstable market values, cryptocurrency remains a fascinating concept for some and a diehard obsession for others. Major financial institutions in the United States continue to plan new …

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Risks for discretionary trusts acquiring land where a beneficiary is overseas

Our nation has a long history of migration. As such, many Australians have at least one relative who resides overseas. Young people leaving the nest to spend time with relatives back in …

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ESG Litigation Series: Damned if you do, damned if you don’t: What is ‘Greenhushing’ and why it won’t save companies from ‘Greenwashing’

While financial performance has always been at the forefront of corporate executives’ and shareholders’ minds, ESG performance is now a significant aspect for companies. It is expected that the Government will mandate …

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Don’t Bank on It: Philipp v Barclays Bank UK reaffirms Banks offer limited protection against scams where customers themselves authorise transactions

In February 2023, the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that two thirds of Australians aged 15 years and over were exposed to a scam in 2021-22. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission …

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