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September 25, 2017

Defamation decisions around Australia

Australia’s defamation laws are there to protect individuals from offensive and slanderous publications, but this is no easy task. There is no hard and fast rule on what amounts to defamation, and a lot depends on the circumstances of each case. We take a look at some recent cases from around Australia to shed some […]

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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 21, 2017

Royal Australia Air Force (RAAF) workers suffering cellular damage having worked with Jet Fuel

Some workers exposed to jet fuel within the RAAF have suffered damage to their body cells, which could have unknown long term consequences to their health. Research released under a Freedom of Information laws request has found that this link is “evidence of small but persistent cellular damage” Dr Ian Garden recently told the ABC. […]

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Faulty High-tech braking systems: Subaru and Honda Recalls

The safety of cars with automatic braking systems have been called into question with car manufactures issuing worldwide recalls in response to faulty program software. Car manufactures Subaru and Honda have announced large recalls due to malfunctioning technology designed to prevent rear-end crashes and avoid hitting pedestrians, yet instead are putting the vehicles at risk […]

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China-Australia Free Trade Agreement: potential commercial implications

The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) was signed on the 17th June 2015, implementing a foundation in the next phase of inter-economic relationships between Australia and China. The potential for the ChAFTA to create opportunities for Australia is evident, with China accounting for Australia’s largest export market for goods and services and a nearly a […]

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Breast implant suspended from Australian market

The Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) has imposed a 6 month suspension on Cereform silicone gel-filled breast implants and associated sizers from the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods. Since 2009, about 4800 of the implants were sold in Australia. The action taken by the TGA will now prevent the devices from being supplied to the Australian […]

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Blood thinner Xarelto linked to potentially fatal bleeding

Clinical trials and post-market experience have linked widely used blood-thinning drug Xarelto and similar anticoagulants to incidences of major bleeding, some of which have been fatal. Xarelto works to reduce the tendency of blood to form clots and may be prescribed to prevent or treat blood clots in the brain, lungs, legs, or veins. Patients […]

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Blood thinner to face action over fatal bleeding

A new blood thinning agent, marketed for having minimal side effects, may face litigation in the U.S. involving claims the medication has been linked to potentially fatal bleeding complications. Eliquis (Apixaban) is an anti-clotting agent used for persons with a heart irregularity known as atrial fibrillation to reduce risk of stroke. It is also used […]

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Potentially lethal cable recalled from Australian homes

Electrical retailers across Australia are recalling a common brand of electrical cabling following the news that thousands of Australian homes were fitted with the potentially lethal devices. The Infinity cables have failed to comply with the ageing requirements of the electrical safety standard and the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has established that there […]

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