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November 23, 2017

Barbara Petrie’s story

Fifty-two year-old Brisbane mother, Barbara Petrie just wanted to get back in shape. Looking to get fit and healthy, she signed up to her local gym. What she got instead, was a lifetime of pain, fear and dependence. “They’ve taken my health, they’ve taken my freedom and they’ve taken my piece of mind.” When Barbara […]

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November 15, 2017

Silicosis: The silent killer

As a stonemason, Karl had no idea silica dust rising from the engineered stone he worked with could cost him his health. Now at just 39 years old, Karl suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and silicosis – a progressive, irreversible lung disease caused by inhaling silica dust. The dangers of engineered stone Karl links these illnesses […]

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September 28, 2017

Department of Veteran’s Affairs: Catastrophic negligence

Fifty-six… That’s the number of Australian Veterans who have taken their lives this year. They are fifty-six too many, but sadly these victims are neither the first nor the last. Over the past 41 years, veterans and their families have been crying out to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (DVA), desperately seeking help – help […]

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September 27, 2017

The true cost of TAC Claims

ST LEONARD’S resident Peter Ratcliffe was 19-years-old when a severe car crash changed his life forever. The former roof tiler was driving down the Geelong-Bacchus Marsh Road near Anakie when he had a head on collision with another driver in 2014. Mr Ratcliffe, who was not at fault, had to undergo three blood transfusions while […]

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September 22, 2017

Common Fund Orders Update – Pearson v State of Queensland [2017] FCA 1096

Shine Lawyers provides a summary of the recent case considering an application to open a closed class action and an order that all members of the opened class be subject to a common fund order. We note in particular the judicial oversight of the funding commission rate. Key findings This judgment concerns an interlocutory application […]

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September 14, 2017

Shine Lawyers supports the Royal Commission redress scheme

In May 2015 Shine Lawyers made a submission to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse supporting the implementation of a redress scheme concerning past abuse and calling for legal reform in relation to limitation issues for abuse survivors. The Royal Commission is currently considering the effectiveness of redress schemes established by […]

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Geelong Grammar: Reparation for abuse survivors

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse has heard alarming allegations of systemic sexual abuse at Victoria’s prestigious Geelong Grammar. One victim gave evidence to the commission saying a chaplain had tried to hypnotise students before sexually assaulting them. Shine Lawyers Partner Roger Singh has represented hundreds of institutional victims of abuse […]

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September 13, 2017

Damages for defamation: Rebel Wilson case study

Australian actress Rebel Wilson has today been awarded $4.5 million in damages for defamation arising from Bauer Media’s publications, in which it portrayed Ms Wilson as a ‘liar’ in relation to her age and upbringing. In June 2017, a jury found the publications were defamatory and today, the judge handed down his decision with respect to […]

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September 11, 2017

Protecting Consumer Rights – Moore v Scenic Tours

Written by Shine Lawyers Special Counsel Vicky Antzoulatos, and Law Clerk Carol Yan. Key findings The Supreme Court of NSW has recently upheld protections for consumers of travel services who had their booked itineraries substantially altered. In Moore v Scenic Tours, the Court found that a defendant cannot use the terms and conditions of a […]

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