The Harper Review – Many recommendations – but how many will be accepted? by Bob Baxt

By Bob Baxt, Emeritus Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills and long-time consultant for CCH about emerging areas of the law The Harper Final Report ( the Final Report ) on competition policy and law released on 31 March 2015 is … Continue reading

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ANZ’s credit card late fees not illegal

The Full Federal Court in Paciocco v Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (2015) Aust Contract Reports ¶90-410; [2015] FCAFC 50, overturning last year’s landmark decision, has ruled that late payment fees charged by ANZ on consumer credit cards … Continue reading

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Court helps copyright owners identify BitTorrent downloaders

Written by Rufina Cheung of Wolters Kluwer  The court will order six internet service providers (ISPs) to reveal the names and physical addresses (but not the email addresses) of the customers associated with 4,726 IP addresses from which the film … Continue reading

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IP licences — contract drafting tips — DOs and DON’Ts

Written by Rufina Cheung (Editor), Wolters Kluwer and reviewed by Donna Short (Partner), Henry Davis York The following table suggests various steps to take or avoid when drafting intellectual property (IP) licensing agreements. It does not constitute legal advice and may … Continue reading

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Responses to the Harper Review Final Report

The Minister for Small Business, Bruce Billson and Professor Ian Harper attended a Press Conference in Melbourne to announce the release of the Final Report.  You can read a transcript of the conference here. Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen issued a … Continue reading

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Harper Review: Section 46 Recommendations

Section 46 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 governs the misuse of market power and has long been a contentious area of law among lawyers and policy makers. The Harper Review’s Final Report, released on 31 March 2015 makes … Continue reading

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Harper Review Final Report

The Final Report of the Competition Policy Review has been released today 31 March 2015. As expected the Final Report is some 500 pages long and contains many important recommendations for reform. Appendix A of the Final Report contains Model … Continue reading

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Data retention regime – Soon to become reality

By Richard Leder (Partner) & Christie Jones (Associate) of Corrs Chambers Westgarth Lawyers. The government’s controversial data retention legislation, under which telcos and ISPs will be required to store a range of metadata in relation to customer activity for two … Continue reading

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Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke infringe Marvin Gaye’s copyright

By Jimmy Gill of McCabes  A Californian jury has recently ordered pop stars Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke to pay nearly $US7.4 million to Marvin Gaye’s children after ruling the pair had copied parts of Gaye’s song ‘Got to Give It … Continue reading

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Will vendors with swimming pools ever be forced into compliance?

By Marcus Andrews and Kate Hollings of McCabes   Since 2013 the State Government has been trying to introduce new laws that will require vendors (and landlords) to include a certificate of compliance or occupation certificate for any contracts for sale … Continue reading

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