Yearly Archives: 2010

Raising Rent Deceit

RAISING RENT DECEIT Shopping centre landlord’s misleading behaviour How often does a leasing representative pressure a tenant by emphasising how good a deal is, when there may be no basis for that belief? In a recent case, the landlord of a shopping centre who doubled a shop tenant’s rent to $90,000 was found guilty of…
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Illegal Downloads

ILLEGAL DOWNLOADS Internet service provider not held responsible In their continued grappling with the role and function of law in cyberspace, courts are showing increasing understanding of internet-based business models. In a recent case the courts found that it was not in a service provider’s commercial interests to have users infringing copyright. They found that…
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Legal Action on Climate Change

LEGAL ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE Public authorities at risk of being sued Litigation on climate change has been with us for some time, with the first significant US court decision in 1990 and the first Australian one in 1994. Australian court cases claiming negligence against producers or users of fossil fuels are likely to face…
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Aboriginal Cultural Heritage

ABORIGINAL CULTURAL HERITAGE Improved protection and harsher penalties New laws have come into force to improve the protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage.In the new laws, Aboriginal cultural heritage is defined as Aboriginal objects and places. Aboriginal objects can include things which are associated with traditional societies, such as stone tools, art sites, and burial grounds,…
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