Corrs In Brief

Corrs In Brief offers the latest updates on legal issues and developments, focusing on their impact to your business and industry.

Setting the Bar: Assessing the impact of the Raising the Bar amendments on trade mark opposition practice

11 July 2014

This article offers a preliminary assessment of the impact of the reforms and evaluates the Office’s approach to the efficiency/fairness balancing exercise.

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Commonwealth Financial Planning case prompts Senate Committee to call for more protection and (possibly) incentives for whistleblowers

8 July 2014

Reforms to encourage and protect whistleblowers could be a key outcome of the Performance of ASIC inquiry.

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What is “just” compensation? Tolson v Roads and Maritime Services [2014] NSWCA 161

7 July 2014

The First Appellants (the Tolsons) owned land at Mulgrave, south of Windsor, which was used by the Second Appellant (Elf Farm Supplies) to run a business of preparing compost for mushroom farms.

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Health star rating system to proceed

4 July 2014

On 27 June 2014 the Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation agreed to the implementation of an amended version of the front of pack Health Star Rating System.

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Draft of the revised Food Standards Code released

2 July 2014

A decision of the NSW Supreme Court in 2008 prompted Food Standards Australia New Zealand to conduct a legal audit of the current Food Standards Code.

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Investing in the Australian petroleum industry

1 July 2014

The Australian resources sector is moving into a new era, with the future of the industry marked by major emerging opportunities in the petroleum industry.

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Stewart v Atco - The High Court clarifies the Universal Distributing principle and the role of liquidators

1 July 2014

The High Court recently delivered judgment in the matter of Stewart v Atco Controls Pty Ltd (In Liquidation).

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FWC bullying round-up: Withholding bonuses not bullying, more on reasonable management action, and lawyers welcome!

30 June 2014

Since 1 January 2014, workers have been able to seek orders to stop workplace bullying under Part 6-4B of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).

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Can an adjudicator determine a payment in favour of a respondent on its counterclaim? Alliance Contracting Pty Ltd v James [2014] WASC 212

25 June 2014

The recent decision by Justice Beech of the WA Supreme Court in Alliance Contracting Pty Ltd v James [2014] WASC 212 has clarified the scope and operation of section 31(2) of the Construction Contracts Act 2004 (WA).

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School chaplaincy legislation overturned - Williams v Commonwealth of Australia [2014] HCA 23

25 June 2014

On 19 June 2014, the High Court of Australia delivered its decision in the matter of Williams v Commonwealth of Australia [2014] HCA 23 (Williams (No 2)).

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