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Lucky Number 13?

Lucky 13 is a clothing company that was launched in 1991 and is based in Orange County. Lucky 13 designed and creates vintage American apparel for men and women. Lucky 13 holds a trade mark over its name.   Taylor Swift is an American singer and songwriter who has a particular affection for the number […]

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Man Fined Over Pizza Wages

In Melbourne a restaurant owner and 2 companies have been fined more than $300,000 and ordered to make payments to his staff of $79,000 after it was revealed that he had failed to pay them the minimum wage required. Many of the workers were teenagers as young as 13, and were employed to work at […]

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Asylum Seeker Criminal Cases At Risk

“Institutional recklessness” of Federal Police may give rise to appeals. It was recently revealed that a systemic failure by the Australian Federal Police could result in multiple appeals, after it came to light that officers failed to properly comply with the Commonwealth Crimes Act. The Court heard that it was standard practice to ignore the […]

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Baden-Clay Trial – Jurors Will be Quizzed

Listen closely – there will be a test. In a pre-trial hearing, the Supreme Court ruled that jurors will be asked 3 simple questions. The trial, which starts next Tuesday and will involved a total of 72 witnesses, is expected to take approximately 4 weeks. Prior to selection, jurors will be asked the following questions: […]

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Students Cop Fines Over Marine Safety

7 students from the University of Queensland have been issued fines for jumping from a commercial boat at night, whilst on a party cruise down the Brisbane River. The students caused the cruise to come to an abrupt halt when they jumped overboard into the Brisbane River.  Police were called and a maritime search was […]

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Harvey Norman Franchisees Fined

A total of four Harvey Norman franchisees were found to have misled customers over their consumer rights by the Federal Court. Stores in Gordon (NSW), Mandurah (WA), Albany (WA) and Oxley (QLD) were found to have made misleading representations to consumers. The Federal Court found that sales representatives or store managers in each of the […]

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Electronic Cigarettes in the Spotlight

Battery powered vaporisors that mimic the effect of smoking have been steadily rising in popularity. The devices heat a liquid, producing a vapour that the user then ‘smokes’ by inhaling and exhaling. Many users utilise the devices to assist in quitting smoking, but that is not the devices sole purpose. The industry has faced many […]

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Entering a Aged Care Facility

  • Posted: May 2, 2014
  • / By: Dan Toombs
  • / In: Seniors Law

The transition from home or hospital into an aged care facility is overwhelming for many people. The administrative and legal processes are complex and are often considered at a time where there should be an abundance of time, but mostly there is very little. In this podcast episode, Dan Toombs talks with Penny Pettigrew from […]

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Parenting Orders Explained

  • Posted: May 2, 2014
  • / By: Dan Toombs
  • / In: Family Law

In this podcast feature, Dan Toombs of LawBuddy discusses Parenting Orders with one of Queensland’s leading family lawyers, Reagan Wilson of Best Wilson Buckley. In this interview, you will learn what a parenting order is, when you should be considering it, other alternatives and of course, what happens when a parenting order isn’t complied with. […]

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Plain Package Dispute Fast Tracked

International legal action over Australia’s plain packaging laws will culminate in a trial soon, after 2 years of procedural delay. Cuba, Ukraine,Indonesia,Honduras and Dominican Republic are bringing the action against Australia, alleging that the legislation restricts international trade and intellectual property. Britain, Ireland and New Zealand however seem undeterred by the action, as they are all drafting […]

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Hep C Class Action Will Be Decided At Trial

A class action involving 50 women will be forced into court after one woman refused to accept the group settlement offered. The group settlement was contingent on the women not pursuing further action, or breaking away to pursue the case on their own. The women involved are suing James Latham Peters, an anaesthetist for infecting […]

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ACCC Launches Home-Grown Guide to Product Places of Origin

This week, the ACCC released a guide directed to businesses to help them better understand the laws in place over country of origin claims. The overriding principle is, as with all consumer legislation, to prevent false or misleading claims or conduct being made. The guide outlines that, as a general principle, a business can make […]

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U R Nicked ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  • Posted: April 15, 2014
  • / By: Dan Toombs
  • / In: Criminal Law

St Kilda police have texted a lady after she failed to stop during a car chase on St Kilda Road last Tuesday. The car chase was called off after it was deemed too dangerous to continue, as the woman allegedly drove through a red light. However it is believed police then tracked the woman down […]

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This Week’s Legal News

New QCAT directions for Application for Order to Resolve Other Issues about Trees. QCAT has released new directions for those applying for an order to resolve other issues about tree’s. Timbercorp Investor Refused Leave to High Court A timbercorp investor who was one of 200 investors seeking to recover more than $300 million is lost […]

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This Week’s Legal News

Misleading Charity Bins Cost Clothing Company $100,000 A Western Australian Company has been fined $100,000 over a misleading sign on used-clothing bins. The signs suggested that the clothing donations would be sent to poor children in Africa. In reality the company was a for-profit venture that sold the clothing to merchants in Africa for a […]

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Amendments on the Table to the Racial Discrimination Act

  • Posted: March 26, 2014
  • / By: Dan Toombs
  • / In: General Law

The Federal Government’s amendments to sections of the Racial Discrimination Act, including controversial section 18C, are currently open to further input, with Attorney-General George Brandis saying he is “very open to other suggestions”. The draft amendments have been released to the public for community consultation for a period of 1 month. The Government is currently […]

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ACCC Releases Consumer Product Safety Guide

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released a guide for businesses who supply products to Australian consumers online. The guide lists some best practice tips for businesses, as well as listing certain obligations that online businesses should be aware of such as how to check if a product is banned or non-compliant in […]

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New Laws Restrict Right to Protest in Victoria

Victoria recently amended the Summary Offences and Sentencing Act via the Summary Offences and Sentencing Amendment Bill. The changes give Victorian police greater discretion and powers when dealing with protesters, amongst the changes include the power to order protesters to disperse if they are: Blocking entry to any building; Disrupting traffic; or If it is […]

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Northern Territory Considers Charging Mothers Over Drinking Whilst Pregnant

  • Posted: March 14, 2014
  • / By: Dan Toombs
  • / In: Criminal Law

The Northern Territory has revealed that it is considering legislation that would see mothers that drink in dangerous amounts whilst pregnant either prosecuted or restrained. Attorney-General John Elferink is concerned at the large number of children that are growing up in the NT with foetal alcohol syndrome. Mr Elferink has conceded that the proposed laws […]

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Can I Be Arrested in New South Wales if I Am on a Warrant in Queensland?

  • Posted: February 25, 2014
  • / By: Dan Toombs
  • / In: Criminal Law

The answer is “Yes.” Basically, a warrant will continue to be in force until you are arrested, even if it has been issued in another state of Australia. Need more advice? Reach out to one of our lawyers who are experienced in criminal law.

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