In February 2020, the plaintiffs commenced proceedings in the Supreme Court against Bald Hills Wind Farm for nuisance. The Court found that turbine noise amounted, intermittently at night, to a substantial and unreasonable interference with the plaintiffs’ enjoyment of their land.
Citta v Cawthorn concerns the limits on jurisdiction of State tribunals (like VCAT) which are not courts of a State. The case explains the scope of matters arising under the Constitution or under a Commonwealth law. These questions are also relevant when determining whether federal courts have jurisdiction.
The prohibition against creditor-defeating dispositions under s 588FDB has been considered and applied for the first time since its introduction over two years ago. The conduct in question was found to be a brazen and audacious example of phoenixing and the Supreme Court of Victoria made orders voiding the relevant contract.
Building block modelling used to calculate a fair remuneration for aeronautical services provided to Qantas by Perth Airport.
In a decision with wide-reaching ramifications for the doctrine of unconscionability in Australia, the High Court in Stubbings v Jams 2 Pty Ltd  HCA 6 comprehensively overturned the decision of the Court of Appeal, finding that lenders had engaged in both general law and statutory unconscionable conduct in their asset-based lending system, and were not redeemed by their ‘window dressing’ advice certificates.
The Federal Court’s decision in Commissioner of Taxation v PricewaterhouseCoopers  FCA 278 considers whether the doctrine of legal professional privilege will apply to communications involving multi-disciplinary partnerships with legal and non-legal partners.
Unreasonable director-related transactions: can the available remedies be ordered in the case of a solvent company?
In a recent decision, Justice Anastassiou of the Federal Court held that liquidators of a solvent company may be entitled to the remedies available under the Corporations Act where that company is found to have made an unreasonable director-related transaction in breach of section 588FDA of the Act.
This note deals with a recent Federal Court decision in respect of freezing orders to prevent dissipation of assets in a subsidiary of a judgment debtor.
The High Court has reiterated the primacy of deterrence in determining civil penalties, reinstating the maximum penalty against a serial offender. The majority held that the purpose of deterrence was not constrained by notions of proportionality, that might otherwise be drawn from the criminal law.
In a members’ voluntary winding up, the Court exercised its powers under s 1322 of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) and s 90-15 of the Insolvency Practice Schedule (Corporations) to cure issues arising from the passing of important members’ resolutions by power of attorney.
The Corporations Amendment (Corporate Insolvency Reforms) Act 2020 (Cth) has expanded the methods by which documents under Chapter 5 of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) can be served, even where the person being served has given no indication that they will accept service electronically.
A decision of the Court of Appeal of South Australia has set a relatively high bar both for the clarity of the manifestation of the parties’ agreement that there be an appeal on a question of law under s 34A(1)(a) and the obviousness of the error required to be shown to obtain leave under s 34A(3)(c)(i).
Patents – manner of manufacture – s 102(1) – s 105
The Full Court of the Federal Court confirms that a statutory set-off under s 553C(1) of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) is not available against a liquidator’s claim for the recovery of an unfair preference under s 588FA of the Act.