Attorney General Mark Dreyfus speaks to the Law Report

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ABC Radio

Reforming the Public Interest Disclosure Act “is a significant matter because it is linked to the national anti-corruption commission that we hope to legislate this year,” the federal Attorney General Mark Dreyfus has told the Law Report. In a wide-ranging interview, Mr Dreyfus outlines his legislative priorities, including reforming

Surrogacy Act 2022 (Northern Territory)

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Stephen Page

Accredited Family Law Specialist and Page Provan Director Stephen Page published a paper regarding the Surrogacy Act 2022 that was enacted on 12 May 2022.

The Surrogacy Act brings the Northern Territory into line with every State and the Australian Capital Territory in regulating altruistic surrogacy and criminalising commercial surrogacy.

Meta Platforms, Inc acquisition of Giphy Inc

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noreply@blogger.com (Mike Terceiro)

Check out my recent Video Note re Meta Platforms Inc acquisition of Giphy Inc, and the subsequent decisions of the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CAM) and Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) concerning the acquisition.

New Interim Guidance on Fintiv Factors

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Liz Bodey

On 21 June 2022, the United States Patent and Trademark office (USPTO) issued interim guidance on how the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) should exercise its discretion when determining whether to institute a post-grant proceeding.

The guidance includes four notable takeaways:

“[T]he PTAB will not rely

Legal Parentage After Domestic Surrogacy Arrangements

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Stephen Page

Accredited Family Law Specialist and Page Provan Director Stephen Page presented a paper at Growing Families‘ National Conference Day Sydney.

His paper “Legal Parentage After Domestic Surrogacy Arrangements” discusses three matters:

the overall discussion of surrogacy in Australia; how the intended parents become the parents (including overcoming obstruction from

The NFT Collection: NFT Basics and Opportunities (Part 1)

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Liz Bodey

NFTs have gone mainstream. But what are NFTs? Should your business develop its own NFT? How are they regulated? In The NFT Collection series of alerts, we will delve into these questions to help your business understand this new technology.

What are NFTs?
Non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, are digital

New City of Melbourne construction code takes effect

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Planning on building or developing property in central Melbourne? A new code of practice for building, construction and works in the City of Melbourne took effect on March 17.

This regulatory framework sets out the requirements that must be put in place at construction sites to ensure the safety and

The Decline of Inter-Country Adoption

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Stephen Page

Our Director Stephen Page was honoured to be interviewed by London family lawyer Yasmin Khan-Gunns about her proposed essay on the decline of inter-country adoptions. The essay is brilliant and clearly shows the current problems with inter-country adoption. The essay was rightfully prize-winning, enabling Yasmin to win an award from

Australian Business Law Review, Vol 50, Part 1

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noreply@blogger.com (Mike Terceiro)

ABLR Vol 50, Part 1 is out.


I am particularly excited to be bringing you Volume 50 which marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the ABLR.  The ABLR was first conceived and founded by Bob Baxt in 1972 with the first edition coming out in 1973. Bob remained the

How to interview a witness who might be a defendant

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Stephen Warne

In Victoria v Villan [2022] VSCA 106, the Court of Appeal gave guidance to practitioners in relation to the treatment of non-party witnesses in civil cases where the criminal prosecution of the witness is on the cards, after self-incrimination issues derailed a jury trial in a historical sexual abuse case,

How to avoid commercial disputes

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Commercial disputes are inevitable no matter the industry.

Take, for example, a long-running dispute between construction giant CIMIC and engineering services firm JKC Australia, which has just ended with CIMIC agreeing to make a $492.5 million payment.

That obviously wasn’t a good result for CIMIC. But the battle, which lasted

Judge v jury trials

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Why did actor Johnny Depp’s defamation case against his former wife Amber Heard succeed in the US after failing at a similar trial in the UK? And a man ordered to face trial before a judge alone under the ACT’s pandemic emergency law says he was denied the right

Australian Business Law Review, Vole 49, Part 6

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noreply@blogger.com (Mike Terceiro)

 ABLR Vol 49, Part 6 is out and features three excellent articles:

* Corporate Accountability for Extraterritorial Misconduct: An Emerging Risk for Australian Multinational Corporations – Corey Byrne

* Frustration, Unjust Enrichment and the Fibrosa Problem: Charting a Clearer Path – <a data-attribute-index="2" data-entity-hovercard-id="urn:li:fs_miniProfile:ACoAACSH42cB83JoVE_QxOJ1Zxr4SkXrPKksYzw" data-entity-type="MINI_PROFILE"

Indirect Patent Infringement Down Under

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Liz Bodey

The issue of contributory infringement of a patent under the Australian Patents Act 1990 (Act) does not often arise for consideration by the Australian judicial system. When it does arise, the question of whether or not the product supplied is a ‘staple commercial product’ under the relevant provisions of

What happens if your builder goes bust?

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A perfect storm of rising costs, supply issues and labour shortages has hit the Australian building industry, compounding problems caused by Covid-19 shutdowns.

As a result, several building firms have collapsed in recent months – including industry giants Probuild and Condev.

Master Builders Victoria has already warned these challenging business