Corrs In Brief

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

Just Terms Act Update: Compensation for open space land in Willoughby found not to equate to residential land rates

19 February 2014

On 10 February 2014, the Court handed down its decision in Willoughby City Council v Roads and Maritime Services. The decision is significant for a number of reasons.

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Protection of the sea from pollution by oil from ships: Findings of recent sentencing judgments

18 February 2014

Two judgments in December 2013 provide some useful current guidance on sentencing considerations for offences under the Marine Pollution Act 1987.

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Proposed changes to BASIX targets

14 February 2014

In December 2013, the NSW Government announced proposed changes to Building Sustainability Index (BASIX) targets.

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Failure to notify a pollution incident “as soon as practicable”: Environment Protection Authority v Bulga Coal Management

14 February 2014

The NSW Land and Environment Court handed down its decision in Environment Protection Authority v Bulga Coal Management Pty Limited [2014] NSWLEC 5.

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Who employs labour hire workers? Fair Work Commission rejects the concept of ‘joint employment'

14 February 2014

In FP Group Pty Ltd v Tooheys Pty Ltd, a Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission held that FP Group was the true employer of workers supplied by FP Group to Tooheys under a labour hire arrangement.

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Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption

14 February 2014

On 10 February 2014, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced a Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

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Investing in the Australian mining industry: A focus on coal and iron ore

9 February 2014

Australia is a country with vast mineral wealth. This fact, coupled with its stable political, legal and economic environment, a highly skilled workforce, and a welcoming attitude to foreign investment, makes Australia a favoured destination.

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Compensation payable to reserve trusts: The first decision on Section 106A of the Crown Lands Act 1989 (NSW)

6 February 2014

On 24 December 2013, the NSW Land and Environment Court handed down its decision in Tempe Recreation (D.500215 & D.1000502) Reserve Trust v Sydney Water Corporation [2013] NSWLEC 221.

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What rights do licensees need in order to have standing to sue for patent infringement? Federal Court clarifies meaning of “exclusive licensee”

6 February 2014

A recent decision states that if any residual rights are reserved for the patent holder (or any other person) the licence will not be “exclusive” and the licensee will not have standing to sue for infringement.

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The penalty doctrine after Andrews - Some practical guidance at last

6 February 2014

A federal court decision just handed down provides welcome guidance about the application of the penalty doctrine post Andrews.

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