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National Energy Retail Law passed for Queensland, Price Controls Removed
15 Sep 2014
The National Energy Retail Law (Queensland) Bill 2014 was passed by the Queensland Parliament on 10 September 2014.
ACCC's updated cartel immunity and co-operation policy will improve process
12 Sep 2014
The ACCC's updated immunity and co-operation policy for cartel conduct is likely to improve the immunity application process in Australia.
Taking Exit 54: High Court takes a right turn on insurance claims
10 Sep 2014
Maxwell v Highway Hauliers Pty Ltd [2014] HCA 33 reinforces that insurers will not be permitted to rely upon drafting devices to refuse cover where a failure to comply with a policy term had nothing to do with the loss and did not prejudice the insurer's interests.
High Court finds no implied term of mutual trust and confidence in Australian employment contracts
10 Sep 2014
The High Court's decision today in Commonwealth Bank of Australia v Barker [2014] HCA 32 confirms that there is no implied term of mutual trust and confidence in Australian employment contracts.
BCIPA - amending legislation has been passed, so start preparing for the new regime
12 Sep 2014
The Bill to overhaul the Queensland Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 has returned to Parliament and has been passed, though with a number of amendments made to the original Bill that was tabled on first reading.
Not just genes: Full Federal Court upholds decision about patentability of isolated DNA
10 Sep 2014
There is now greater certainty about patentable subject matter in the field of genetics, but that's only one element in the broader questions of validity to be considered when assessing any patent.
New Queensland Resources Common Provisions Legislation has been passed
10 Sep 2014
The Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Bill 2014 (Qld) was last night passed by the Queensland Parliament, and is awaiting royal assent.
Don't expect exclusive use online if your trade mark contains descriptive words
04 Sep 2014
Having an online strategy is crucial for many businesses these days, but the need to use certain terms to appear in Google searches is giving rise to many trade mark disputes too. Timothy Webb and Nicole Landerer explain what you can – and can't – get exclusive rights to.
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