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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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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ASX comes knocking as iSignthis share price dives on Ownership Matters report

ASX comes knocking as iSignthis share price dives on Ownership Matters report

The last 48 hours have been a rollercoaster for the share price of iSignthis (ASX: ISX). After hitting a high of $1.66 on 11 September it suddenly crashed to a low of $0.99 the following day.  The initial spike can be attributed to the company's market update for gross processed transaction value (GPTV), which on an annualise...

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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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BlueScope Steel accused of price fixing by ACCC

BlueScope Steel accused of price fixing by ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has taken action against BlueScope Steel (ASX: BSL) and its former general manager sales and marketing Jason Ellis for alleged cartel conduct. The watchdog alleges that between September 2013 and June 2014 BlueScope and Ellis attempted to induce steel distributors in Australia and ...

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Slater & Gordon UK hit with a counterclaim by Watchstone Group

Slater & Gordon UK hit with a counterclaim by Watchstone Group

Once a prized acquisition of law firm Slater & Gordon (ASX: SGH) and now an aggrieved respondent, Watchstone Group has launched its own counterclaim against the separate UK law firm. The professional services business, formerly known as Quindell, was acquired for $1.3 billion by Slater & Gordon in 2015. It was the beginning of...

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ACCC review slams food franchisors for failing franchisees

ACCC review slams food franchisors for failing franchisees

Food franchisors are yet again in the spotlight for their failings as the Australia Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) releases its latest review into the sector. The watchdog found that franchisors in the food services sector are providing inadequate information to potential franchisees. The report, Disclosure practices in fo...

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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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Former Sirtex CEO pleads guilty to insider trading

Former Sirtex CEO pleads guilty to insider trading

The former CEO and director of biotech company Sirtex Medical, Gilman Edwin Wong (pictured), has pleaded guilty to one charge of insider trading. Wong was committed to the Sydney District Court for sentencing on a date to be fixed. The charge of insider trading relates to Wong's sale of 74,698 shares on 26 October 2016 while in po...

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Afterpay founders vow to stand by the company amid AUSTRAC audit

Afterpay founders vow to stand by the company amid AUSTRAC audit

The founders of buy-now pay-later fintech Afterpay Touch Group (ASX: APT) have voiced their commitment to the business, vowing to hold onto their shares. Nick Molnar (pictured right) and Anthony Eisen (left), co-founders of the company, recently cashed out of the company to the tune of $103.5 million, just three trading days after the fin...

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Hacker given three-year jail term for insider trading

Hacker given three-year jail term for insider trading

A Melbourne man has been sentenced to three years imprisonment after hacking a financial publisher's system and engaging in insider trading. IT consultant Steven Oakes today pleaded guilty to 11 charges of insider trading, unauthorised access to data with the intention to commit a serious offence, and the alteration of electronic devi...

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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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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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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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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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