Recent Blogs

The New South Wales Court of Appeal has refined the meaning of unconscionable conduct pursuant to section 22 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (ACL), and its predecessor provisions of the Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth) (TPA), as it applies to business transactions in its recent decision in the matter of Ipstar Australia Pty Ltd […]

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Recovering from a major data breach can be difficult, stressful and time consuming for any organisation. It is essential to be well prepared. Organisations need to ensure they have all of the right processes and procedures in place so they can act quickly to minimise the harm, as well as comply with their new legal […]

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Developing a biofuel project in Queensland? The regulatory environment is changing up with a broad-ranging Queensland Government review of energy legislation due for imminent release. Energy production in the Australian biofuel industry is currently undergoing rapid transformation, despite its relative infancy. The regulatory environment is accordingly under review to more effectively the expanding industry. Federal […]

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Many businesses today rely on social media and positive reviews to attract business. Consumers like to read reviews before staying at a hotel or holiday destination or trying a new product or service. Certain websites such as TripAdvisor, facilitate this process by ranking businesses that have received more positive ratings and reviews more highly than […]

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In the recent case of Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v JJ Richards & Sons Pty Ltd1, Moshinsky J declared that a number of terms in JJ Richards’ standard form contracts with small business customers were unfair and void under the Australian Consumer Law. The proceeding was the first court action by the ACCC to enforce new laws […]

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The Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld) (IP Act) applies to the personal information handling practices of Queensland public sector agencies and their contractors, and contains two sets of privacy principles – the National Privacy Principles (NPPs) that apply to Queensland Health and Queensland’s Hospital and Health Services, and the information Privacy Principles (IPPs) that apply to all […]

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Cases involving social media giants such as Twitter rarely come before the courts, particularly those involving posts by anonymous users, so we were interested to read the decision handed down by Pembroke J last week in X v Twitter Inc [2017] NSWSC 1300. The plaintiff company sought final injunctive orders against Twitter Inc and Twitter International […]

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When is an “image right” not a right? And how has the ATO found a way of dealing with this dilemma? Image rights for sports stars are very big business in Australia, as recent ATO rulings and guidelines have recognised1. Names, images and likenesses are becoming more and more valuable, so likewise managing rights, licensing […]

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A recent case warns of the dangers of filing for a trade mark in the name of the wrong entity, particularly given the defect cannot subsequently be cured by an assignment.

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Drones1 are rapidly becoming a part of everyday life. Revolutionising new methods of data acquisition, their use in agriculture, mining, energy, telecommunications, research, environmental management, news gathering, criminal investigation and cinematography is now widespread. The latest advance in drone technology, that is so appealing, is their use in food aid. In remote and difficult areas […]

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