Category Archives: Legal Back

Clive Palmer charged over breaches of takeover law

Notorious Queensland businessman and ex-politician Clive Palmer has been charged with breaching takeover law. Following an ASIC investigation, Palmer, 63, and his company Palmer Leisure Coolum (PLC), has been charged with breaching takeover law arising from a proposed takeover of The Presidents Club (TPC). ASIC alleges that in April 2012 PLC publically proposed to make … Read more

Champagne dames in legal stoush

A legal stoush between two champagne educators with similar trading names is under way after the pair met for the very first time at a champagne event in Melbourne last week. The Champagne Dame (Kyla Kirkpatrick) and Champagne Jayne (Jayne Powell) have been operating separate but similar businesses delighting audiences with their knowledge of champagne … Read more

ASIC takes action against Rio Tinto CEO and CFO for misleading and deceptive conduct

ASIC has launched legal proceedings in the Federal Court against two former leaders of Rio Tinto (ASX: RIO), CEO Thomas Albanese (pictured) and CFO Guy Elliott, accusing the duo of misleading and deceptive conduct surrounding Rio Tinto’s 2011 Annual Report. In December 2010, Rio Tinto announced a takeover offer for Riversdale mining Limited which was … Read more

Changes to copyright in Australia will make it tougher for tech start-ups

The Australian government quietly introduced the Copyright Amendment (Service Providers) Bill 2017 to the Senate on Wednesday. If enacted, the bill will extend the scope of Australia’s copyright safe harbours – very slightly. Safe harbours protect internet hosts and platform providers from monetary liability for copyright-infringing content posted or shared by their users. For example, if you … Read more


The “deliberate”, “repeated” and “systemic” exploitation of three overseas workers has resulted in a West Australian cleaning company, including its husband and wife operators, being hit with nearly $511,000 in penalties for Fair Work breaches.    Catherine Paino-Povey, Mark Povey and their company– Commercial and Residential Cleaning Group Pty Ltd – were fined $77,400, $72,240 … Read more