As a commercial litigator, Ian Bloemendal specialises in dispute resolution with particular expertise in joint venture litigation, trade practices and product liability disputes, intellectual property/technology-related litigation and regulatory investigations.

His particular experience lies in project managing complex litigation. He is often brought in by clients who look for proactive, solution-oriented advice when there are difficult mixed questions of law and fact.

In addition to his forensic legal skills, Ian is an experienced trainer, regularly presenting at industry seminars and law schools on litigation management, legal professional privilege, witness skills training, product liability, and inquests.

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Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Australian mining company: Successfully defending proceedings filed by an Australian mining company in which it claimed $30 million in damages for an alleged breach of section 46(1) (misuse of market power) of the Trade Practices Act. The defence of the claim involved the collation of a significant amount of technical and economic evidence and the development of an electronic database in order to manage a huge amount of documentation.


Acquisition of a coal mine from an international mining company: 
Seeking declarations in proceedings where millions of dollars in inventory costs were at stake from the acquisition of a coal mine from an international mining company.


Stockbrokers (various):
 Defending multi-million dollar professional negligence claims against stockbrokers and options traders.

 

Joint venture disputes
Ian acted
in a joint venture dispute associated with a development project, including issuing formal notices of dispute, initiating referrals to expert determination and conducted a series of negotiations that ultimately led to the parties agreeing on a workable compromise.

 

Coronial inquests

Australian energy provider: Representing an Australian energy provider at an inquest into the death of a drilling contractor's employee following an explosion on an onshore gas rig and defending claims by other injured workers.


Queensland gas producer:
 Successfully defending a prosecution against a Queensland gas producer following the death of a contractor's worker on the floor of a rig. Also assisting with the investigation and causal analysis and representing the corporation at the subsequent inquest, with no adverse findings.

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Product Liability

Toy manufacturerAdvising a toy manufacturer in relation to product recall issues arising from suspected lead contamination and co-ordinating responses for North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. 

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Intellectual Property

Ian is advising various national and international companies on intellectual property issues such as trade mark infringements and web domain name disputes.

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Social Media

As part of his defamation practice, Ian is well-versed in advising on the complex issues social media poses in defamation cases.

 

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Telecommunications, Media and Technology

Banks (various): Acting for Australian banks in relation to default events arising under a significant IT project for an e-commerce solution.


Deployment of web-enabled ATMs:
 Defending a claim of up to $500 million arising out of a joint venture dispute concerning the deployment of web-enabled ATMs.

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Leisure and Entertainment

Ian has advised Queensland Performing Arts on venue hire agreements. He has also advised on, and negotiated, contracts for performing arts bodies.

 

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Copyright

Ian has acted for rights-holders and defendants in copyright infringement cases, including cases concerning:


  • takedown notices;
  • source code in software;
  • web magazines;
  • bridal dresses; and
  • house designs.

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Investigations and Crisis Management

Coronial inquests

Australian energy provider: Representing an Australian energy provider at an inquest into the death of a drilling contractor's employee following an explosion on an onshore gas rig and defending claims by other injured workers.


Queensland gas producer:
 Successfully defending a prosecution against a Queensland gas producer following the death of a contractor's worker on the floor of a rig. Also assisting with the investigation and causal analysis and representing the corporation at the subsequent inquest, with no adverse findings.

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Cyber Security

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