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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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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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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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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Smiles Inclusive takes founder Mike Timoney to court

Smiles Inclusive takes founder Mike Timoney to court

Divided dental company Smiles Inclusive (ASX: SIL) has commenced legal proceedings against beleaguered founder Mike Timoney (pictured) alleging serious misconduct and breaches of the law. The action follows the substantial completion of an interim investigation into the conduct of the ousted former CEO who remains on the board along with ...

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ACCC takes Bupa to court for allegedly rorting elderly residents of thousands of dollars

ACCC takes Bupa to court for allegedly rorting elderly residents of thousands of dollars

Bupa has come under fire from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for allegedly charging elderly residents thousands of dollars for services they never provided. The ACCC says Bupa Aged Care Australia made false or misleading representations to its aged care residents in 21 homes about services it did not provide or ...

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Quinn Emanuel files class action against IOOF

Quinn Emanuel files class action against IOOF

Just under a month after announcing its intention to file a class action law suit against financial advice firm IOOF (ASX: IFL) Quinn Emanuel Urqhart & Sullivan (Quinn Emanuel) has filed the proceedings in the Supreme Court. The class action is part of the industry-wide fallout from the Royal Commission into the banking and finance se...

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