Murray Goulburn settles one of two class actions for $42 million

Murray Goulburn settles one of two class actions for $42 million

Murray Goulburn (ASX: MGC) has settled one of its class actions, known as the Endeavour River class action, for $42 million. Slater and Gordon launched the suit on 16 August 2018, acting on behalf of aggrieved Murray Goulburn shareholders who the firm argued suffered losses at the hands of misleading and deceptive conduct. The key all...

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Australian Family Lawyers heads north with first acquisition since listing

Australian Family Lawyers heads north with first acquisition since listing

Australian Family Lawyers (ASX: AFL) is going full throttle as a listed law firm, notching its first acquisition since listing on the ASX in early June. The company has acquired Nita Stratton Funk & Associates Solicitors, marking its foray into the Queensland legal market. AFL will pay $300,000 in cash for the Queensland firm, whi...

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Atlassian to fix outdated, inefficient and combative M&A process

Atlassian to fix outdated, inefficient and combative M&A process

When a big player comes knocking wanting to buy your startup it might seem too good to be true. The wad of cash being waved in your face might prove irresistible and that's understandable; you've worked for years to get to where you are right now, and you damn well deserve that payout. But big businesses know that M&A is a...

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Facebook launches crypto project but obstacles abound

Facebook launches crypto project but obstacles abound

Facebook Inc announced ambitious plans on Tuesday to launch a new global cryptocurrency called Libra, part of an effort to expand into digital payments that immediately raised privacy concerns. The social networking giant has linked with 28 partners including Mastercard, PayPal and Uber to form Libra Association, a Geneva-based entity gov...

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Blue Sky settles lawsuit against former directors

Blue Sky settles lawsuit against former directors

Investment firm Blue Sky has settled a lawsuit involving the alleged illegal downloading of company data. The firm, currently in receivership, says proceedings against Blue Sky Water Partners, Pinnacle Investment Management Group, Riparian Capital Partners (RCP) and former Blue Sky employees have been resolved on confidential terms. T...

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Onterran creditors approve deed of company arrangement

Onterran creditors approve deed of company arrangement

Following its failed attempt to transform the Couran Cove Island Resort on Stradbroke Island Onterran's (ASX: OTR) creditors have approved a deed of company arrangement (DOCA). At a second creditor's meeting yesterday the administrators of Onterran passed a resolution that the company should execute a DOCA. David Clout and Pat...

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Uber comes out on top in Fair Work investigation

Uber comes out on top in Fair Work investigation

The results of an investigation conducted by the Fair Work Ombudsman is sure to have Uber smiling, with the watchdog confirming that Uber is not an "employer" in the traditional sense. The investigation was launched to determine whether Uber's Australian operations could be considered as that of an employer, the natural resu...

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Australian Family Lawyers to make ASX debut this week

Australian Family Lawyers to make ASX debut this week

A backdoor listing of Australian Family Lawyers (ASX: AFL) has been approved by the stock exchange with trading expected to begin on Friday this week. Founded by Edward Finn in 2015, the law firm aims to disrupt the conventional wisdom of relationship-driven business development in the legal profession, instead opting for an approach...

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LandMark White in trading halt as banks head for the exits

LandMark White in trading halt as banks head for the exits

Property valuer LandMark White (ASX: LMW) is in a trading halt while it works out how to deal with being suspended by major clients following the group's second data breach this year. The group announced on Tuesday evening that three of the four major banks, plus other financial institutions, have temporarily suspended instructions to...

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ASIC charges former Octaviar CFO with fraud

ASIC charges former Octaviar CFO with fraud

Just two years after he was banned from managing a corporation and ordered to pay $205 million to aggrieved shareholders in a failed fund, former Octaviar CFO David Anderson has been charged with 26 counts of fraud. As a publicly listed company with interests in the financial services, travel, leisure and childcare sectors, Gold Coas...

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Class action to be brought against Suncorp Super

Class action to be brought against Suncorp Super

William Roberts Lawyers and Litigation Capital Management (LCM) have partnered up to bring a class action against Suncorp Group's super funds trustee. The proposed class action will be brought on behalf of members of Suncorp Super Funds to recover compensation for those whose accounts were impacted by charges used to pay conflicted re...

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LandMark White details second data breach in six months

LandMark White details second data breach in six months

Listed property valuer LandMark White (ASX: LMW) has revealed details of another data breach, the second in the last six months for the company. The group says company documents were posted to US file sharing platform SCRIBD on Wednesday 29 May 2019 by an individual known to LandMark White. LMW has taken steps to request these documen...

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Jetstar fined $1.95 million for misleading customers about refunds

Jetstar fined $1.95 million for misleading customers about refunds

Australian airline Jetstar has been forced to pay $1.95 million in penalties for making misleading representations about refunds and customer rights on its website. The Federal Court found that the Qantas (ASX: QAN) subsidiary made false or misleading statements about customer rights on its website between April 2017 and March 2018. S...

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Shine settles class action brought against it by shareholders

Shine settles class action brought against it by shareholders

No win no fee law firm Shine Corporate (ASX: SHJ) has settled a class action brought against it by shareholders back in 2017. The class action was launched by aggrieved shareholders after the firm's shares plummeted 73 per cent following a 10-day suspension from trade in 2016. Shareholders alleged that Shine misled investors in a ...

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Maurice Blackburn launches class action against AMP

Maurice Blackburn launches class action against AMP

The long-awaited class action against AMP is now live, with law firm Maurice Blackburn at the helm. The firm, which won the right to bring the class action against AMP last week, is seeking compensation for AMP superannuation fund members allegedly hit by "unreasonable" fees. The case arises from evidence presented at the Ro...

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GetSwift shares back on deck after trading lockdown

GetSwift shares back on deck after trading lockdown

A clarification has seen GetSwift shares fall back down to earth by more than 10 per cent in afternoon trading.  Shares in GetSwift (ASX: GSW) are trading once more after the logistics group responded to ASX concerns over an undisclosed partnership with a Kuwaiti fast food company. Trading was suspended for the embattled tec...

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Smiles Inclusive threatens legal action over former CEO's "destructive" campaign

Smiles Inclusive threatens legal action over former CEO's "destructive" campaign

The board of Smiles Inclusive has threatened to take founder and former CEO Mike Timoney (pictured) to court over his campaign to undermine the results of last week's extraordinary general meeting (EGM). Gold Coast-based Smiles announced this morning it had received a notice from Timoney stating an intention to convene another EGM see...

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Uniti Wireless pursues aggressive growth after $15 million raise

Uniti Wireless pursues aggressive growth after $15 million raise

Adelaide-based telecommunications company Uniti Wireless (ASX: UWL) has raised $15 million in order to pursue an "aggressive" growth strategy. The company raised the $15 million from a placement of 15 million new shares at $1 per share, representing a premium of 26 per cent. The company sought to raise $10 million minimum bu...

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ACCC takes Kogan to court for misleading ads

ACCC takes Kogan to court for misleading ads

A 10 per cent discount promotion has landed Kogan in hot water with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). The consumer watchdog has taken the online retailer to the Federal Court, alleging that Kogan made false or misleading representations about a 10 per cent discount promotion. The situation in question saw the ...

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Smiles Inclusive shareholders vote former chairman and founder off the board

Smiles Inclusive shareholders vote former chairman and founder off the board

The shareholders of Gold Coast-based dental company Smiles Inclusive (ASX: SIL) have had their say in the future of the company's board. Founder and former CEO Mike Timoney (pictured) and ex-chairman David Herlihy have been removed by shareholders at the company's extraordinary general meeting held Wednesday afternoon. Over 64...

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Blue Sky Alternatives Access Fund secures control of bank account

Blue Sky Alternatives Access Fund secures control of bank account

Listed spinoff of Blue Sky Alternative Investments (ASX: BLA) the Alternatives Access Fund (ASX: BAF) has confirmed it is solvent and now separate from its parent as BLA falls into receivership. Last week, the directors of BAF took steps to secure control of the bank account holding in excess of $29 million by placing a stop on the accoun...

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Blue Sky's Alternative Access Fund cuts supply to mothership

Blue Sky's Alternative Access Fund cuts supply to mothership

Last week, embattled investment fund Blue Sky (ASX: BLA) announced it was not going to meet the terms of a $50 million loan from US-based Oaktree Capital Management. A heavy-handed approach has been the response from the company's Alternative Access Fund (ASX: BAF), which has opted to cut supply to its parent while it considers t...

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IPO pushed back for Australian Family Lawyers

IPO pushed back for Australian Family Lawyers

Offers for a backdoor listing of Melbourne-headquartered Australian Family Lawyers (AFL) have been extended by almost a month while the company undertakes discussions with the ASX. A reverse takeover of Navigator Resources (ASX: NAV) was approved by shareholders in April with expectations the IPO would raise $6.5 million by the time ...

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TPG and Vodafone to file legal action against ACCC

TPG and Vodafone to file legal action against ACCC

Following the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's ('ACCC') decision to oppose the $15 billion merger between Vodafone (ASX: HTA) and TPG (ASX: TPM) both telcos have committed to taking on the watchdog in court. In an ASX statement late yesterday afternoon TPG says that it intends on challenging the watchdog's ...

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ACCC opposes Vodafone and TPG merger

ACCC opposes Vodafone and TPG merger

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ('ACCC') has announced that it will block the merger between telecommunications giants TPG Telecom (ASX: TPM) and Vodafone (ASX: HTA), saying the merger would lessen competition.  The consumer watchdog inadvertently published a statement online this afternoon stating that the...

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Retail Food Group backflips on use-by date extensions

Retail Food Group backflips on use-by date extensions

Following an exposé by The Sydney Morning Herald the parent company behind Michel's Patisserie has backflipped on its internal decision to extend use-by dates on food products. As reported by The SMH Retail Food Group (ASX: RFG) instructed Michel's franchisees to ignore expiry dates on packaging and adopt new shelf-life dat...

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Financial impact of LandMark White cyber attack revealed

Financial impact of LandMark White cyber attack revealed

The data beach of listed property valuation group LandMark White has hurt the company's revenue by up to $7 million. The company has revealed today the full extent of the breach on the group's bottom line, plus the significant cost of making sure this type of cyber-attack does not happen again. The company says the breach, whi...

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Taxi drivers take on Uber in large scale class action

Taxi drivers take on Uber in large scale class action

It might be the biggest class action Australia has ever seen as Maurice Blackburn gears up to take on ride-sharing giant Uber. The law firm is acting on behalf of thousands of taxi, hire car, charger vehicle, and limousine drivers across the country to "hold Uber accountable for destroying their livelihoods". The case has be...

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How to protect your business from the threat of e-fraud

How to protect your business from the threat of e-fraud

Cash flow is the life blood of any business, but managing it can be difficult. According to Westpac and Deloitte, small businesses in Australia are spending up to one working day every week chasing invoices that's a lot of time. During that tunnel-vision slog, where business owners become buried headfirst in processes and manageme...

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Australian businesses lose $7.2 million from email scams in 2018

Australian businesses lose $7.2 million from email scams in 2018

Email scams hit Australian businesses more than 5800 times in 2018, with losses exceeding $7.2 million according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ('ACCC'). The ACCC's Targeting Scams report details how sophisticated email scams hit Australian businesses at a 53 per cent increase compared to 2017. This ...

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