The High Court has significantly reduced the scope of the doctrine of quantum meruit in so far as it applies to work undertaken pursuant a contract which has been discharged. In such a case, quantum meruit is only available for completed work but for which a contract entitlement has not crystallised at discharge.
On 17 October, APRA announced it would not be appealing the decision of Jagot J in its case against five IOOF group officials and two IOOF group entities. The present article sets out shortly the facts of the case, the outcome, and the potential for APRA to seek to reverse the judgment in whole or in part.
Since Caster Semenya launched herself onto the international stage in spectacular fashion, she has been under a cloud of suspicion and controversy. She is currently excluded from competition but her story seems far from over.
Allsop CJ has given helpful tips to practitioners tasked with the job of drafting a concise statement in a banking case concerning statutory claims having an equitable character.
Justice Perram has clarified the scope of a lender’s obligation in the approval of loans under the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 (Cth).
The High Court recently split on the test for statutory unconscionability, as well as deeper questions about whether vulnerable consumers can (or should be allowed to) consent to exploitative arrangements and how mainstream Australian culture interacts with indigenous cultures and norms.
Informality and emails – the limits of generality in payment schedules under the Security of Payment legislation
The NSW Court of Appeal has clarified the limits of informality in payment schedules and emphasised the importance of identiying the reasons for the dispute with sufficient particularity to set the boundaries for any adjudication.
Dr Kylie Weston-Scheuber and Matthew Harvey examine a recent Court of Appeal decision concerning the requirements for an easement by presumption of lost modern grant. The Court made some interesting observations about the interaction between the doctrine and the Transfer of Land Act, which may be of relevance to future matters where easements are claimed.
A recent failure by respondents in a defamation action to plead imputations of reasonable grounds for suspicion as permissible variants of the applicant’s imputations of guilt has clarified the correct approach to gradations of meaning in Australia.
In this case, the question for the High Court was whether Code of Conduct legislation, that applied to Australian Public Service employees, imposed an unjustified burden on the constitutionally implied freedom of political communication. The High Court’s answer was ― “No”.
The decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court, and the separate decision of Lee J, in the Ethicon Sàrl class action, provide a useful diptych of modern-day class action jurisprudence relating to amendments to group definitions.
Patents –invalidity – discovery of naturally occurring phenomenon – claims for methods of applying that discovery – whether method of manufacture – whether inventive step
Trade marks – infringement – defences – use of a mark for which the alleged infringer would have obtained registration – date at which assessment of registrability is to be made
A recent Queensland review of a Ministerial determination on LNG royalty calculations provides a rare instance of a successful judicial review of an economic regulatory decision.