Maurice Blackburn launches class action against CommBank's Colonial First State

Maurice Blackburn launches class action against CommBank's Colonial First State

Maurice Blackburn have launched a class action against Commonwealth Bank (ASX: CBA) on behalf of Colonial First State account holders. The class action is in relation to alleged breaches of super trustee duties that Maurice Blackburn says have caused substantial losses to more than 100,000 members over several years. The firm alleges ...

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IMF Bentham to buy European litigation funder for $141m

IMF Bentham to buy European litigation funder for $141m

An Australian group that has funded class actions against the likes of National Australia Bank (ASX: NAB), Sirtex and Murray Goulburn (ASX: MGC) is about to spread its wings. IMF Bentham (ASX: IMF) has agreed to acquire Netherlands-headquartered Omni Bridgeway for 87.5 million euros ($141 million) as part of a five-year plan to diver...

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Former Future Care owners serve Smiles Inclusive with statutory demand

Former Future Care owners serve Smiles Inclusive with statutory demand

Just one day after law firm Holding Redlich confirmed it had agreed to lead a class action process against Smiles Inclusive (ASX: SIL), it has been revealed the struggling dental empire now faces another legal battle. The former owners of Sydney-based Future Care Dental Group (FCDG), who sold their business to Smiles in December last...

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CommInsure charged with 87 counts of hawking

CommInsure charged with 87 counts of hawking

The life insurance arm of Commonwealth Bank (ASX: CBA), CommInsure, has been charged with 87 counts of offering to sell insurance products in the course of non-compliant unsolicited phone calls. The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) alleges that CommInsure, wholly owned by CBA, unlawfully sold insurance policies known...

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Man arrested over Landmark White data breach

Man arrested over Landmark White data breach

The NSW Police Force Cybercriminal Squad have arrested a man in relation to the data breach incidents that affected real estate valuation business Landmark White (ASX: LMW). The man has been identified as 49-year-old Stephen Grant, who the Sydney Morning Herald reported as having worked for 12 years at Landmark White. H...

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Takeovers Panel blocks Benjamin Hornigold takeover

Takeovers Panel blocks Benjamin Hornigold takeover

The attempted takeover of Benjamin Hornigold by NSX-listed investment management company John Bridgeman has been shut down by the Takeovers Panel. After raising red flags in early September due to the apparent lack of competitiveness of John Bridgeman's offer, the panel has decided to stop the takeover in its tracks. John Bridgema...

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Ralan receivers to offload Ruby Apartments

Ralan receivers to offload Ruby Apartments

The collapse of property developer Ralan Group has triggered the sale of management rights for one of the most recent builds on the Gold Coast. Ruby Apartments, a 30-level apartment complex in Surfers Paradise completed less than a year ago, was one of several developments that was left in the lurch by the Sydney-based company's downf...

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Rural Funds launches lawsuit against short seller Bonitas Research

Rural Funds launches lawsuit against short seller Bonitas Research

Australian agriculture real estate investment trust Rural Funds Group (ASX: RFF) has commenced legal proceedings against US-based short sellers Bonitas Research and its principal Matthew Weichert. The proceedings relate to a short selling report published by Bonitas in early August which saw the shares in Rural Funds dive by 43 per cent. ...

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Ashley & Martin unfair contracts in the crosshairs

Ashley & Martin unfair contracts in the crosshairs

The Federal Court has determined three standard contracts from hair loss business Ashley & Martin are void because they are unfair to consumers. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) highlights the company signed up more than 25,000 customers to its 'Personal RealGROWTH Program' to contracts on unfair terms...

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Class action against Radio Rentals leads to $29 million settlement

Class action against Radio Rentals leads to $29 million settlement

Radio Rentals' controversial 'Rent, Buy, $1 Buy' scheme has come back to bite more than two years after a class action filed by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers alleging unconscionable conduct.  The electronics and home appliance rental group's parent company Thorn Group (ASX: TGA) has stopped short of admitting guilt o...

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What will be the legacy of the Hayne Royal Commission?

What will be the legacy of the Hayne Royal Commission?

The Hayne Royal Commission into the banking and financial services industry uncovered plenty of ugliness about Australia's leading financial institutions. The institutions themselves are still dealing with the fallout of the Royal Commission; class actions, board spills, and "restructure" plans are abound this year. What...

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How to evaluate your accident or injury case

How to evaluate your accident or injury case

One of the first questions asked of accident and injury compensation lawyers is "what is the value of my claim?".  It is a fair question, and one that should be answered at the beginning of any compensation claim process. However, every case is different and there are a lot of variables to evaluate in an accident or inj...

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ACCC: Facebook and Google's power distorts companies' ability to compete

ACCC: Facebook and Google's power distorts companies' ability to compete

The long-awaited Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) report into the out-of-control growth and dominance of digital platforms has been released today, with the watchdog critical of giants Facebook and Google. The overarching theme of the report can be distilled into the ACCC not trusting the platforms to self-regulate, w...

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M&As a hotbed for hackers and cybercriminals

M&As a hotbed for hackers and cybercriminals

With breaches of cybersecurity now one of the most looming threats for the sustainability of most Australian businesses, many are wondering how best to protect their operations. Simple things like regularly changing passwords and ensuring absolutely everybody changes them can go a mile towards strong cybersecurity Just see the case o...

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Wattle Health launches legal action against Indian importer

Wattle Health launches legal action against Indian importer

Organic infant food producer Wattle Health (ASX: WHA) has initiated legal action against an Indian importer for money owed. Wattle Health alleges baby food importer Vasudevan and Sons Exim Private (VSEP) has not provided the full bank guarantee to Wattle Health as required under a supply agreement. The pair entered into a supply agree...

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Aged care provider Estia Health taken to Federal Court in class action

Aged care provider Estia Health taken to Federal Court in class action

Aged care community operator Estia Health (ASX: EHE) has been served with a class action in the Federal Court of Australia. Law firm Phi Finney McDonald is acting on behalf of aggrieved shareholders, arguing Estia breached its continuous market disclosure obligations regarding the financial impact of its Kennedy Health Care (KHC) buyout. ...

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ASIC slams banks for "extremely poor" consumer credit insurance

ASIC slams banks for "extremely poor" consumer credit insurance

Australia's major banks have come under fire from the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) for the sale of consumer credit insurance (CCI) that has "consistently failed consumers". In its latest report on CCI, Report #622, ASIC says that CCI products sold by 11 of Australia's major banks are of poor val...

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Michael Hill announces bumper backpay for employees

Michael Hill announces bumper backpay for employees

Jewellery retailer Michael Hill (ASX: MHJ) has announced that it owes employees between $10 million and $25 million in remediation payments. The group discovered this remuneration discrepancy when conducting a review into its Australian retail employment contracts and rostering practices. The company says it was non-compliant with som...

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Dodo slammed with fine for false streaming claim

Dodo slammed with fine for false streaming claim

Internet service provider (ISP) Dodo has been hit with a $360,000 fine for overstating what its NBN service could achieve. The company, wholly owned by Vocus Group (ASX: VOC), has agreed to refund around 16,000 customers for claims that its entry-level NBN broadband plans were 'perfect for streaming'. The plans in question wer...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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