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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Qantas' stake in Alliance hits turbulence

Qantas' stake in Alliance hits turbulence

Qantas' (ASX: QAN) acquisition of a 20 per cent interest in Alliance Airlines (ASX: AQZ) has triggered alarm bells for the competition watchdog. In a statement released this morning, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) noted some red flags relating to certain transport routes only travelled by Qantas and Alliance...

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Former Leighton CFO to be given two years imprisonment for falsifying the books

Former Leighton CFO to be given two years imprisonment for falsifying the books

Peter Alan Gregg, a former CFO of Leighton Holdings (LHL), is looking at two years in jail for cooking the books. Gregg was found guilty in December 2018 after a five-week trial by jury for falsifying LHL's books. Meanwhile, former LHL executive Russell Waugh who was managing director at Leighton Welspun Contractors Pvt Ltd, was f...

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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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Pokies giants Ainsworth and Aristocrat to duke it out in the Federal Court

Pokies giants Ainsworth and Aristocrat to duke it out in the Federal Court

Last Thursday one of Australia's major players in the world of pokies filed a claim in the Federal Court against its biggest rival. After months of preparation, Aristocrat Technologies Australia (ASX: ALL) has taken Ainsworth Game Technologies (ASX: AGI) to the Federal Court, alleging breach of copyright. The case revolves around ...

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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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Slater and Gordon files class action against AMP

Slater and Gordon files class action against AMP

Listed law firm Slater and Gordon (ASX: SGH) has launched a class action law suit against AMP (ASX: AMP) for allegedly charging customers excessive fees. Slater and Gordon alleges that, through arrangements entered into with related parties, trustees AMP Super and NM Super paid too much to related AMP entities for administration services....

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The plot thickens in Zip Co and Firstmac's trademark dispute

The plot thickens in Zip Co and Firstmac's trademark dispute

It is fast becoming a case of 'he said, she said' as the trademark infringement allegations levelled at Zip Co develop. When the proceedings were lodged yesterday by Firstmac Zip Co came out swinging, saying that Firstmac is only now choosing to launch proceedings against it, despite Zip Co using the phrase in question, 'ZIP...

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Zip Co embroiled in trademark dispute

Zip Co embroiled in trademark dispute

Home loan provider Firstmac is taking digital finance and payments company Zip Co (ASX: Z1P) to Federal Court over a trademark dispute. Firstmac alleges that Zip Co has infringed its trademark 'ZIP' which is registered in respect of 'financial affairs', specifically home loans. Zip Co has engaged Corrs Chambers Westgar...

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AP Eagers and AHG merger raises red flag for watchdog

AP Eagers and AHG merger raises red flag for watchdog

The possibility for localised anti-competitive impacts following the proposed merger of two of Australia's largest car dealers has raised a red flag for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ('ACCC'). AP Eagers (ASX: APE) and Automotive Holdings Group (ASX: AHG) are currently in the final stages of a proposed merg...

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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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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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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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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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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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