Foreign businesses beware: the Australian Consumer Law goes global

Valve Corporation v Australian Competition and Consumer Commission [2017] FCAFC 224 The Full Federal Court has affirmed a $3 million penalty levied against Valve Corporation (Valve) for contraventions of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). Valve was held to have made false or misleading representations about the existence or exclusion of a guarantee or remedy in … Read more

Palmer Wind Farm decision quashes objections and provides clarity to wind farm developers

What does this decision mean for wind farm proponents / operators? The decision provides clear determinations on issues that are commonly raised by objectors to wind farm proposals. The decision makes it clear that the more a proponent is on the front foot in addressing these issues, the smoother the approvals process should run. We … Read more

Stamp duty amnesty period for motor car traders

In a recent Duties Bulletin, the Victorian┬áState Revenue Office (SRO) has offered licensed motor car traders (LMCTs) an opportunity to voluntarily disclose, before Thursday 31 May 2018, any motor vehicles they have incorrectly obtained a duty exemption on over the last five years. By doing this, they will reduce the amount of penalty tax payable … Read more

HWL Ebsworth successfully defends Thunder Road over ‘pacific ale’

HWL Ebsworth has successfully defended the owners of Melbourne-based brewery Thunder Road in an intellectual property dispute brought by Byron Bay’s Stone & Wood. Since 2010, Thunder Road has sold a range of beers described as ‘Amber’, ‘Golden’, ‘IPA’, ‘Pale Ale’ and ‘Pilsner’ under its ‘Thunder Road’ brand name and iconic Thor logo.┬áThunder Road introduced … Read more

Trust Me – Amerind appeal delivered and some measure of clarity provided

One of the most vexing issues facing the insolvency profession has been, and continues to be, the interrelationship between insolvency laws and the laws of trusts. With competing lines of authority pronounced by eminent judges, the industry has been in an understandable quandary, and has been awaiting the outcome of 2 appellate cases heard in … Read more