Servcorp gets served by the ACCC
The ACCC is on a winning streak in the unfair contract terms arena.
Following on from its victory last year over JJ Richards, the ACCC has brought successful proceedings in the Federal Court against two entities in the Servcorp Group (Servcorp) under those same unfair contract term provisions in the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).
Timely Reminders on the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct (the Code)
Codes of Conduct, Grocery Supply Agreements, Retailers, Suppliers, ACCC, potential penalties of $1 million – a lot has happened, or should have happened, since the transitional arrangements of the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct ended on 1 July 2016.
LLB - ANU (Australian National University)
Should you be checking your termination benefit approvals?
21 September 2018
A recent unreported decision of the NSW Supreme Court should have executives rushing to their lawyers to check that their entitlements on retirement or termination from office have been properly approved by shareholders.
It is not enough that shareholders have been told about an executive’s termination benefits and then given some general approval to them. For termination benefits approval to be effective, requirements as to both form and substance need to be strictly observed.
Australia - Parallel imports and exhaustion of trade mark rights
21 September 2018
The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Act 2018 (Cth) (Act) was assented to on 24 August 2018. Among other changes, it amends the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (Copyright Act) and the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) (Trade Marks Act) to clarify the circumstances in which the parallel importation of trade marked goods does not infringe a registered trade mark.
Interim Heritage Orders - when can they be made and what effect do they have on development
21 August 2018
Landowners, developers and purchasers of property need to be aware of the increased use by many Sydney councils of their power to make an interim heritage order (IHO) over an item that the council considers may, on further inquiry or investigation, be found to be of local heritage significance, and is being or is likely to be harmed.
The effect of the making of an IHO over a property can and often does restrict and limit development plans for the property.3