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That’s a lot of beans: Heinz ordered to pay $2.25 million for contravening the Australian Consumer Law

Up to May 2016 Heinz sold a “Little Kids Shredz” brand of products (pictured in body of article). The products were displayed in the children’s sections of major supermarkets and sold to parents and carers of children aged 1 to 3 years.

Justice White of the Federal Court found that Heinz had, in respect to the sale of the products, conveyed representations that were misleading or deceptive, and which thereby contravened the Australian Consumer Law.

On 24 August Heinz was ordered to pay the Commonwealth of Australia $2.25 million by way of a penalty and, within 3 months, establish a consumer protection law compliance program, to be maintained and administered for 3 years.

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VIDEO: What the heck is going on with SICK LEAVE ENTITLEMENTS in Australia?

AstraZeneca is a global pharmaceutical company. Its Australian operations comprise manufacturing, sales, and distribution, and it has a large Australian workforce.

The Australian Workers' Union filed an application against AstraZeneca in the Fair Work Commission, for a decision on the question "[i]s AstraZeneca's current approach to the accrual and deduction of personal/carer's leave for employees ... consistent with the National Employment Standards?".

AstraZeneca lost.

The decision will have significant consequences for Australian shift-workers and employers of shift-workers.

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Beware: Construction contracts and ipso facto insolvency reforms

Where a contractor, such as a builder or sub-contractor, suffers from an event of insolvency or is actually insolvent, most standard building contracts currently grant a principal, such as an owner or head-contractor, “ipso facto” rights, such as the rights to suspend building works, call upon and enforce any security given by the contractor, and terminate the building contract.

Insolvency reforms to take effect on 1 July 2018 will instead prevent the enforcement of ipso facto rights, to provide opportunities for insolvent companies to restructure.

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Bethesda sues Warner Bros. over video game "blatant rip-off"

I’m a huge nerd. I love my video games.

Published is a copy of the lawsuit obtained by Polygon, filed by Bethesda Softworks against Warner Bros. Entertainment on 21 June in the Maryland US District Court.

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Canadian couple lose appeal against continuing child custody order - claim to speak in tongues to a stuffed lion which responds with the word of the Lord

On 1 June 2018 the Supreme Court of British Columbia dismissed the appeal of a religious couple, against an order that their child, “CJ”, was in need of protection such that the child would be placed in the continuing custody of the Director of Child, Family and Community Service (Department).

At trial, the couple refused legal aid assistance and maintained that their legal counsel was the Lord Jesus Christ. They also appeared to “speak in tongues” before the Court – including to a stuffed toy lion – that they claimed responded with the words of their counsel, the Lord.

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The enforceability of loan documents where a director’s signature is alleged to have been forged

A decision of the NSW Supreme Court is a reminder that an assumption is available entitling a lender to rely on a document containing the forged signature of a company director, where it has no knowledge of suspicion of any forgery.

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