Maurice Blackburn in the News 2009

Families 'happy' over Malu Sara court action
Wednesday 23 December 2009       Mark Bousen       Torres News
Families and legal sources have welcomed the decision of the Australian federal safety regulator, Comcare, to prosecute the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) and the boat manufacturer over the deaths of five people on-board the Immigration response vessel, the Malu Sara, in October, 2005.
Practice Area: Public Liability
FWA gives unionists a very fair go
Wednesday 16 December 2009       Mark Skulley and Sam McKeith       Australian Finacial Review
Unionist and labour lawyers have dominated appointments to the Rudd government's national workplace reguator, Fair Work Australia.
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
Auditor flags lawsuits against Centro directors
Saturday 12 December 2009       Nick Lenaghan       Australian Financial Review
PricewaterhouseCoopers has stepped up the pressure on former client Centro Propertes Group and is moving to sue Centro chairman Paul Cooper personally along with former directors.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Consultant ponders counterclaim against Centro directors
Saturday 12 December 2009       Maurice Dunlevy       The Australian
Centro executives and directors facing civil charges brought by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission may be the target of litigation planned by former Centro auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Court to examine bid for action against PwC
Saturday 12 December 2009       Lucy Battersby       The Age
The Federal Court will consider an application by lawyers representing Centro shareholders to bring direct action against the company's auditor, PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Centro shareholder class actions embroil PwC
Friday 11 December 2009       Nick Lenaghan       Australian Financial Review
Top accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers is facing fresh lawsuits from aggrieved Centro shareholders who claim to have lost as much $1 billon during the retail giant's financial woes.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
PwC could be added to claim in Centro case
Friday 11 December 2009       Lucy Battersby       Sydney Morning Herald
Lawyers for Centro's shareholders will this morning seek to add auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers to their claim against the wounded property group.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Malu Sara mediation delay - State to take part
Wednesday 09 December 2009             Torres News
Mediation over the Malu Sara tragedy, set down for last Monday, November 30, has been held over until February following the late expressions of interest by the State Government’s Crown Law office.
Practice Area: Public Liability
Family fights to see death report
Sunday 06 December 2009       Mark Russell       The Age
The Department of Human Services is refusing to release to family members the official report into the death of two-year-old Joedan Andrews, whose remains were found in a rubbish tip in 2002.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Vic takes lead in class action
Friday 04 December 2009       Alex Boxsell       Australian Financial Review
Nearly half of all class actions launched in the Federal Court since 2000 were made in Victoria - where they are more than twice as likely to be settled than in NSW.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Legal rights and public transport accidents
Tuesday 01 December 2009             Fifty-Plus News
Four years ago, Glen Waverley senior Margery Joan was on a tram in the city when it took off quickly, causing her to fall backwards down the steps.
Practice Area: Road Accident Injuries
Feed on culture
Monday 23 November 2009       Michael Randall       Greater Dandenong Weekly
A community garden has been developed at Noble Park Adult Migrant Education Services to give local refugees and migrants hands-on information about water use and climate change.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Outdoor English lessons in Noble Park
Monday 23 November 2009       Rebecca David       Dandenong Leader
New Australians are doing their bit to tackle the drought and climate change in Noble Park.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Electricity company can't rule out fallen power lines sparking another fire.
Wednesday 18 November 2009       Geraldine Mitchell       Herald Sun
Electricity company says it can't rule out fallen power lines sparking a repeat of Black Saturday, Royal Commission told
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Power company SP Ausnet has no plans to reduce bushfire risk
Wednesday 18 November 2009       Gary Hughes       The Australian
The power company accused of causing the deadliest Black Saturday bushfire has taken no additional steps to reduce the risk of a similar disaster this fire season, one of its senior managers revealed today.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Power lines vulnerable to a Black Saturday
Wednesday 18 November 2009             Weekly Times Now
Some power lines may be vulnerable to sparking another Black Saturday blaze, a power company manager overseeing networks in Victoria's bushfire-prone regions says.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Power maintenance training 'totally inadequate', commission told
Wednesday 18 November 2009             ABC News
The Royal Commission investigating the Black Saturday fires has heard damning criticism of training provided to linesmen responsible for maintaining powerlines in Victoria's bushfire prone areas.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
TAC failed to follow its own rules
Monday 16 November 2009       Kate Hagan       The Age
Victoria's Transport Accident Commission failed to comply with its own legislation by refusing to assess the impairment levels of two car accident victims, a Supreme Court judge has found.
Practice Area: Road Accident Injuries
Employer fails in novel interpretation of unlawful industrial action
Friday 13 November 2009             Workplace Express
Employees were not taking unlawful industrial action when they abandoned strike plans and returned to work, Fair Work Australia ruled yesterday.
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
Asbestos compensation case settled
Wednesday 11 November 2009       Kate Hagan       The Age website
Seaford carpenter Angus Douglas, 74, spent 16 years ripping out and replacing asbestos sheeting in home and office renovations.
Practice Area: Asbestos Diseases
Funded class actions get some relief
Thursday 05 November 2009       James Eyres       Australian Financial Review
Funded class actions will not have to be registered as managed investment schemes after the Australian Securities and Investments Commission said last night it would grant "transitional relief" to allow it and Government to consult on how they should be regulated.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Immigration offers to mediate on Malu Sara
Monday 02 November 2009       Mark Bousen       Torres News
The Department of Immigration (DIAC) has taken the first steps to adhere to its recent undertakings to achieve a quick and fair resolution to ongoing legal actions following the Malu Sara tragedy four years ago.
Practice Area: Public Liability
Immigration repeats apology in Senate
Monday 02 November 2009             Torres News
The head of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has repeated saying “sorry” about the Malu Sara.
Practice Area: Public Liability
Joedan Jail
Thursday 29 October 2009       Allan Murphy       Sunraysia daily
A man named as “a person of interest” over the unsolved death of a toddler at Dareton seven years ago has been sentenced to six years’ jail.
Practice Area: Social Justice
No access
Saturday 24 October 2009       Allan Murphy       Sunraysia Daily
The grandmother of a child whose dismembered remains were found scattered around the Namatjira Aboriginal mission has been refused access to documents relating to the child’s protection.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Centro auditor may be next in line for ASIC
Friday 23 October 2009       Elisabeth Sexton and Ian McIlwraith       Sydney Morning Herald
More legal action over Centro's 2007 financial accounts is on the cards, with a lawyer acting for aggrieved shareholders saying a new suit against auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers is ''under active consideration''.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Centro staff may sue over big losses
Friday 23 October 2009       Bridget Carter       The Australian
Former employees of Centro Properties Group are believed to be considering legal action against the shopping centre owner after the corporate watchdog moved this week to ban eight of its former and present executives and directors.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
ASIC Centro ripples spread to auditor
Thursday 22 October 2009       Bridget Carter       The Australian
The corporate watchdog's case announced yesterday against Centro directors may trigger a class action targeting the shopping centre owner's auditor, PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Unfair dismissal action a Fair Work test
Friday 16 October 2009       Ben Schneider       The Age
A senior lawyer sacked by a boutique Melbourne firm is to launch legal action against her former employer claiming she was dismissed for being pregnant and for making complaints about conditions at her work.
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
Oz Minerals 'hid debt as cash burned'
Thursday 08 October 2009       Alex Boxsell       Australian Financial Review
One of two mooted shareholder class actions against OZ Minerals was launched in the Federal Court yesterday.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Shareholder class action against OZ
Thursday 08 October 2009       Elisabeth Sexton       The Age
The disclosure by OZ Minerals last year of its debt levels and refinancing commitments will be at the centre of a shareholder class action filed in the Federal Court yesterday.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
AWB defeats class action appeal by Iraqi plaintiffs
Tuesday 06 October 2009       Alex Boxsell       Australian Financial Review
Wheat exporter AWB has defeated a class action appeal by a group of northern Iraq governorates in the United States Court of Appeals yesterday, although it is still bracing for a $60 mion shareholder class action in Australia.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
AWB Limited (AWB) $1.24
Tuesday 06 October 2009       Tim Boreham       The Australian (Criterion)
When it comes to legal suits, AWB isn't out of the paddocks yet. But the tainted agrimob is now two steps closer to shaking off its Iraq legacy.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Victory for AWB in kickbacks case action
Tuesday 06 October 2009       Philip Hopkins       The Age
Grains group AWB has achieved another legal victory in the US relating to its involvement in the Iraqi oil-for-food scandal.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
IBM integrator caught in unfair dismissal test case
Wednesday 23 September 2009       Ry Crozier       CRN
An IBM authorised partner faces financial penalties of at least $33,000 after becoming one of the first businesses in Australia to test recent changes to Federal workplace laws.
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
Test case on bullying at work
Wednesday 23 September 2009       Fiona Hudson, Herald Sun, 23 September 2009       The Herald Sun
A salesman who claims his boss told him "lunch is for wimps" and that he should "harden the f...k up" is suing under new Rudd Government workplace laws.
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
'Fantastic' news as State reverses Malu Sara decision
Sunday 20 September 2009       Mark Bousen       Torres News
The legal firm, acting for one of the claimants from the Malu Sara tragedy, has described as “fantastic” the news that the State Government will not invoke the three-year, statute-of-limitations defence as it had previously indicated.
Practice Area: Public Liability
Hospital 'should have told' of Down's risk
Saturday 19 September 2009       Kate Hagan       The Age
A couple suing the Mercy Hospital for failing to inform them that an ultrasound could not conclusively exclude Down syndrome say they would have terminated the pregnancy if they had known their son would be born with the condition.
Practice Area: Medical Negligence
Condemned to Fight
Friday 18 September 2009       Ruth Lamperd       Herald Sun
A Victorian mother is locked in battle with an insurance company over her condemned house, which is in danger of collapsing.
Practice Area: Superannuation & Insurance Claims
Nambour Hospital baby deaths enquiry
Wednesday 16 September 2009       Mark Bode       Sunshine Coast Daily
The Queensland coroner is considering launching an investigation to determine if Nambour General Hospital played a role in the deaths of two babies.
Practice Area: Medical Negligence
Trial will call Downer
Wednesday 16 September 2009       Elizabeth Sexton       Sydney Morning Herald
A former minister for foreign affairs, Alexander Downer, will be called to give evidence about his knowledge of AWB Ltd's payments to Saddam Hussein's regime in a shareholder class action beginning in November.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Comcare's non-collaborative approach puts employers and workers at risk: lawyer
Tuesday 15 September 2009       Liberty Sanger       OHS Alert,
Comcare lacks the resources and "accumulative knowledge" to meet the safety and compensation needs of blue-collar workers, according to a lawyer, who says self-insured employers should be returned to state and territory schemes.
Practice Area: Work Related Injuries
O'Brien 'very upset' on Malu Sara stand
Sunday 13 September 2009       Mark Bousen       Torres News
Member for Cook Jason O’Brien says he is “very upset” with the State Government’s decision to use the three-year statute-of-limitations defence in the Malu Sara case.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Haneef hands back his Australian visa but won't rule out returning
Tuesday 08 September 2009       Yuko Narushima       Sydney Morning Herald
The Indian doctor Mohamed Haneef has been stripped of his Australian visa again - this time at his written request.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Police, QMS abandon Malu Sara families
Sunday 06 September 2009       Stefan Armbruster and Mark Bousen       Torres News
Torres Strait families of those killed in the Malu Sara tragedy say they are shocked and disgusted by the Queensland government’s decision to contest compensation claims.
Practice Area: Public Liability
The lab blunder that stole a woman's fertility
Saturday 05 September 2009       Julia Medew       The Age
A young Melbourne woman has been robbed of her fertility after a laboratory mix-up meant she was falsely diagnosed with cancer and given a radical hysterectomy.
Practice Area: Medical Negligence
Islander family denied aid after Immigration boat tragedy
Thursday 03 September 2009       Tony Koch       Tha Australian
A Torres Strait Islander who has to look after his four grandchildren because their mother died when an Immigration Department vessel sank in 2005 has been refused government financial help because his request is outside the statutory three-year claim period.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Protective clothing saves more than just your body
Tuesday 01 September 2009             Riding On
For our victorian riders, Maurice Blackburn personal injuries law specialist Geraldine Collins has come up with a timely warning.
Practice Area: Road Accident Injuries,Lawyers4Riders
All aboard for the revolution
Sunday 30 August 2009             Herald Sun website
Attorney-General, Rob Hulls ruffled a few feathers when he asked law firms doing state government work to agree to an equal opportunity briefing policy.
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
Subway probes 'exploitation'
Tuesday 25 August 2009       Ben Schneiders and Clay Lucas       The Age
Fast food chain Subway will investigate and review its operations after claims that a Melbourne shop systematically failed to pay foreign trial workers.
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
Justice for underpaid guard
Friday 14 August 2009       Ben Schneiders       The Age
The security industry has been put on notice after a Pakistani international student, who was paid just $1.26 an hour during the Australian Open, was awarded nearly $120,000 in penalties and back pay.
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
Fairness falls short
Wednesday 12 August 2009       Catharine Munro       The Age
Insurance contracts may be exempt from the new laws protecting consumers, reports Catharine Munro.
Practice Area: Superannuation & Insurance Claims
Amcor settles with Cadbury over collusion claims
Saturday 08 August 2009             Adelaide now website
Global packaging company Amcor has avoided a courtroom showdown over whether it colluded to fix cardboard box prices, after reaching a confidential settlement with a major customer, confectioner and beverage maker, Cadbury.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Malu Sara victim's family seeks compo
Thursday 30 July 2009             ABC News
The family of a woman who died when an immigration patrol boat sank in 2005 in the Torres Strait, off far north Queensland, is seeking compensation.
Practice Area: Public Liability
Relatives angered by no charges over Malu Sara deaths
Thursday 30 July 2009       Nicole Butler       ABC News
In February a Queensland coroner found five people died in a Torres Strait boat disaster because both state and federal agencies didn't do their jobs.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Foreign student may sue college in test case
Wednesday 29 July 2009       Rachel Nickless       Australian Financial Review
Plaintiff law firm Maurice Blackburn is considering bringing a test case on behalf of an international student seeking damages from a private college that he claims misled him about its educational offering.
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
How business is hanging on to staff
Saturday 25 July 2009       Andrew Clark       Weekend Australian Financial Review
Employers want to keep staff, people want to keep their jobs, and a new accommodation is emerging.
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
Box makers face assault on margins
Friday 24 July 2009       Elisabeth Sexton       Sydney Morning Herald
Lawsuits by cardboard-box customers of Amcor and Visy could threaten the profit margins of the two packaging companies for years to come following Wednesday's 11th-hour settlement of a damages claim by the confectionery group Cadbury.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Cadbury settles with Amcor
Wednesday 22 July 2009       Michelle Draper       Sydney Morning Herald
A lengthy multimillion-dollar law suit launched against packaging company Amcor as a result of a price-fixing cartel with Visy has been avoided after an 11th hour deal.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Class action fees spur spirited debate
Friday 17 July 2009       Alex Boxsell and James Eyres       Australian Financial Review
Plaintiff and defendant law firms have traditionally taken opposing views on whether Australia's justice system should allow contingency fees.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Bendigo banking on voluntary pay cut
Thursday 16 July 2009       Mark Skulley and Mathew Drummond       Australian Financial Review
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank has put a new twist on the trend of cutting costs, by having employees take 10 days unpaid leave and dangling a possible future salary top-up if the bank comes in ahead of budget.
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
Cherishing the vulnerable
Thursday 16 July 2009       Andrew Dimsey       The Age
Community Services Minister Lisa Neville announced this week that she had ordered an internal investigation into the case of a toddler who is on life support at the Royal Children's Hospital. This little girl is the latest in a horrifying list of victims whose deaths could perhaps have been prevented had the authorities been doing their jobs well enough.
Practice Area: Professional Conduct/Negligence
Auditor fights back with counter-attack
Wednesday 15 July 2009       Nick Lenaghan       Australian Financial Review
Accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has accused Centro Properties Group - and named its individual directors and executives - for failing to provide full details on the state of its debt obligations during the audit of its 2006-07 accounts.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Margin loan crackdown
Tuesday 14 July 2009       Ben Butler       The Herald Sun
A proposed crackdown on "exotic" margin lending products to protect unwary investors will extend the regulatory reach of ASIC and make it more difficult for small players to offer such products.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Change-agent will leave a lasting legacy
Monday 13 July 2009       Rachel Nickless       Australian Financial Review
The black and white newspaper photographs that line the walls in Maurice Blackburn's no-frils foyer in Melbourne celebrate its roots as a working-class warrior and an agent of change.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Mums and Dads take to Class Action
Saturday 11 July 2009       Alex Boxsell       Australian Financial Review
Litigation is on the rise among retail invesors, although it is not without its disadvantages, writes Alex Boxsll.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
NAB's toxic debt digging a $4bm black hole
Saturday 11 July 2009       Alison Bell       The Daily Telegraph
National Australia Bank could be prompted into a capital raising to cover losses of almost $4 billion from its portfolio of toxic debt that is being investigated by the nation's prudential regulator, analysts said.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Good faith changes pay game
Friday 10 July 2009       Rachel Nickless       Australian Financial Review
The Fair Work system will overturn the strategies employers, workers and unions use to do business.
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
Redundant workers should be told their rights
Tuesday 23 June 2009       Rachel Schutze       Geelong Advertiser
Workers should know their rigbts as the global financial crisis continues to hit Geelong, says Rachel Schutze, principal solicitor with Maurice Blackburn Lawyers in Geelong.
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
Cadbury claim in a class of it own
Monday 22 June 2009       Ashley Midalia       Australian Financial Review
When Cadbury executives learnt of the cartel between its packaging supplier Amcor and rival box maker Visy, they immediately realised it had cost them a lot of money.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Labor steps up cartel blitz
Monday 22 June 2009       Ashley Midalia       Australian Financial Review
The federal government will look at changing the Iaw to make it easier for the victims of price fixing to bring legal action against colluding companies, raising the prospect of a further crackdown on cartels.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Take charge before you are outsourced
Monday 22 June 2009       Giri Sivaraman       Newcastle Herald
Most employees assume that everyone has a right to severance pay in redundancy situations, but it pays to read the small print.
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
Long-term injured workers to get super
Thursday 18 June 2009       David Rood       The Age
Long-term injured workers will receive superannuation payments as part of their compensation under changes to Victoria's WorkCover scheme.
Practice Area: Work Related Injuries
Super body proposes big changes
Thursday 18 June 2009       Lucy Battersby and Ruth Williams       The Age
Australia's retail superannuation sector has unveiled a sweeping list of proposed changes to the $1 trillion super industry, including the phasing out of commissions, more disclosure on the way super assets are valued and changes in the advertising of super performance.
Practice Area: Superannuation & Insurance Claims
700 to join Black Saturday lawsuit
Wednesday 17 June 2009       Will Jackson       Whittlesea Leader
About 700 Black Saturday survivors have expressed interest in joining a lawsuit that will allege a neglected 1.2km-long power line sparked the bushfire that ravaged the region.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Bowen wants super fees as low as possible
Wednesday 17 June 2009       Colin Brinsden       Trading Room website
Consumers will no longer have to pay costly and complicated commissions on their depleted superannuation accounts as the industry moves to a fee-based system next year.
Practice Area: Superannuation & Insurance Claims
Investors join class action against AWB
Wednesday 17 June 2009       Elisabeth Sexton       Sydney Morning Herald
More than 1000 investors have recently joined a class action claiming damages from the Australian Wheat Board for losses connected with the Iraqi kickbacks scandal, the Federal Court heard yesterday.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Billion-dollar errors: lawyers shape-up to audit firms
Tuesday 09 June 2009       Adam Schwab       Sydney Morning Herald
Auditors are back in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, with two new lawsuits that will send further shivers through the halls of Australia's largest accounting firms.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Fired Up!
Tuesday 09 June 2009       Kath Gannaway       Mountain Veiws Mail
A class action by bushfire victims against power company SP Ausnet was described at a meeting in Yarra Glen on Thursday night as a landmark case.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Accident victim raps TAC for six-month delay
Thursday 04 June 2009       Nick Higginbottom       Herald Sun
A Melbourne grandmother who had her leg smashed when a car knocked her off her scooter is living in rotten conditions after the TAC failed to deliver on promised help.
Practice Area: Road Accident Injuries
Sunbus widow left with $2000 bill
Wednesday 03 June 2009       Anne-Louise Brown       Sunshine Coast Daily
It has only been three months since Joan Kent buried her husband, Bruce. Every day she struggles to deal with his loss.
Practice Area: Work Related Injuries
Law firm gathers steam for NAB class action
Tuesday 02 June 2009             Sydney Morning Herald
The plaintiff law firm Maurice Blackburn is on track to launch a $200 million class action against National Australia Bank over an alleged delay in writing down a $1.2 billion portfolio of collateralised debt obligations.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Centro gets nod to rope in PwC
Thursday 28 May 2009       Maurice Dunlevy       The Australian
Centro officially launched its cross-claim in the Federal Court yesterday, alleging auditors PricewaterhouseCoopers should assume part or all of the blame over claims it failed to disclose the debt that led to its near collapse.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Fires Class Action
Wednesday 27 May 2009       Kath Gannaway       Mountain Veiws Mail
As the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission continues in Melbourne, a class action in relation to the Kilmore East-Kinglake fires has been lodged with the Supreme Court.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Annice Smoel's trip to hell and back: exclusive interview
Saturday 23 May 2009       Patrick Carlyon       Herald Sun website
Four nights before she landed in a Thai jail cell, Annice Smoel was celebrating.
Practice Area: Social Justice
'Guilty' bar-mat mum on the way home after high-level Thai intervention
Thursday 21 May 2009       Peter Gregory, Sherrill Nixon       THe Age website
A woman who placed a bar mat in a friend's handbag in a Thai bar says it is ridiculous and appalling that the Melbourne mother-of-four is facing up to five years' jail over the prank.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Bar-mat mother: I felt like Schapelle Corby
Thursday 21 May 2009       Mex Cooper       Sydney Morning Herald
A 36-year-old woman imprisoned in Thailand for the "prank" theft of a bar mat has compared her experience to that of convicted drug runner Schapelle Corby.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Publicity saved bar mat thief - lawyer
Thursday 21 May 2009             The Herald Sun
Media attention has been the big driver behind the release of Australian woman Annice Smoel who was jailed in Thailand for stealing a bar mat from a Phuket bar 18 days ago, says the lawyer in her case.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Smoel pleaded guilty to leave Thailand
Thursday 21 May 2009             Channel 9 News
Australian tourist Annice Smoel has vowed never to return to Thailand, saying she only pleaded guilty to stealing a bar mat so she could get home to her family.
Practice Area: Social Justice
I was not abusive to Thai Police
Wednesday 20 May 2009             The Age
The Australian woman arrested in Thailand for allegedly stealing a bar mat denies reports she was abusive towards police.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Nightmare in Phuket after bar 'prank'
Wednesday 20 May 2009       Peter Gregory and Sherrill Nixon       The Age
A woman who placed a bar mat in a friend's handbag in a Thai bar says it is ridiculous and appalling that the Melbourne mother-of-four is facing up to five years' jail over the prank.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Smoel: "I was not abusive"
Wednesday 20 May 2009             SBS World News Australia
The Australian woman arrested in Thailand for allegedly stealing a bar mat denies reports she was abusive towards police.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Thai jail mum Annice Smoel freed after fine
Wednesday 20 May 2009             The Australian
Australian woman Annice Smoel has been released in Thailand and is free to travel home, according to reports in Phuket.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Thai prison bar mum Annice Smoel
Wednesday 20 May 2009       Paul Mulvey       AdelaideNow.com.au
Australain mum Annice Smoel has been fined and is free to travel home from Thailand.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Australian tourist jailed in Thailand over souvenir beer mat
Tuesday 19 May 2009       Rachel Brown       ABC's 'The World Today' radio program
A Melbourne woman has spent two nights in a Thai jail after being accused of stealing a bar mat from a Phuket hotel.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Australian's bar mat arrest 'ridiculous'
Tuesday 19 May 2009       Rachael Brown       ABC Local website
The lawyer for a Melbourne woman accused of stealing a bar mat in Thailand says it ridiculous that he has had to ask the Prime Minister to intervene on behalf of his client.
Practice Area: Social Justice
From bargaining to arbitration a marathon process: Bornstein
Tuesday 19 May 2009             Workplace Express
The Fair Work Act's good faith bargaining provisions would require parties to go through a "marathon" process before seeking a workplace determination, according to Maurice Blackburn principal Josh Bornstein.
Practice Area: Work Related Injuries
Melbourne mum arrested over Thai bar 'prank'
Tuesday 19 May 2009       Reko Rennie       The Age
An Australian mother charged in Thailand with theft for allegedly taking a bar "slops rag" says she is innocent and has made an impassioned plea for help from the Federal Government.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Mowbray College hit by claims
Tuesday 19 May 2009       Amy Walker       Melton Leader
Staff claims of discrimination, contract breaches, unfair pay and bullying have surfaced at Mowbray College.
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
Mum faces Thai jail over alleged theft of a bar mat
Tuesday 19 May 2009             ABC News
A Melbourne mother may face up to five years in a Thai jail after she was detained for allegedly stealing a hotel bar mat.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Class actions pressure regulators
Saturday 16 May 2009       James Eyres       The Weekend Australian Financial Review
For the past five years plaintiff law powerhouse Maurice Blackburn has been trying to coax Australia's regulators into recognising the value of the class actions it runs.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Investor fury grows over dud advisers
Thursday 14 May 2009       Eric Johnston       Sydney Morning Herald
For Eva Murray the alarm bells started well before the financial crisis hit. Without a job, Ms Murray now has little to live on and even less to look forward to in retirement.
Practice Area: MB Commercial
Paid leave for parents a good start
Tuesday 12 May 2009       Liberty Sanger       The Age
The introduction of paid parental leave is a step in the right direction but we still lag behind Europe on benefits.
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
Big law firm gets behind fires class action
Sunday 10 May 2009       Cameron Houston       The Age
Victoria's largest class action over the Black Saturday fires will gain considerable momentum this week, with heavyweight law firm Maurice Blackburn expected to announce its involvement.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Super exposure: government to review of retirement funds
Friday 08 May 2009       Peter Mares       ABC's National Interest
Thank God for compulsory superannuation - or should that be 'Thank Paul Keating?'
Practice Area: Superannuation & Insurance Claims
Judge kicks goal for shareholders' Wembley class action
Thursday 07 May 2009       Maurice Dunlevy       The Wall Street Journal
Brookfield Multiplex's bid to derail a $220 million Wembley Stadium shareholder class action has failed, with a Federal Court ruling against it in Melbourne yesterday.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Unguarded statement was the beginning of the end
Thursday 07 May 2009       Damien Murphy and Yuko Narushima       Sydney Morning Herald
Mick Keelty announced his resignation yesterday but his period of notice really began on Sunday, March 14, 2004, as fear of terrorism surged around the world.
Practice Area: Social Justice
'Disaster': Haneef's lawyers welcome resignation of AFP chief Keelty
Wednesday 06 May 2009       Brendan Nicholson       The Age website
Lawyers for Indian doctor Mohamed Haneef have welcomed the resignation of Australia Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty, saying under him the AFP had been an "organisational disaster''.
Practice Area: Social Justice
AFP commissioner Keelty retires
Wednesday 06 May 2009       Mark Colvin       ABC's PM radio program (transcript of)
There's been praise from members of the present and former federal governments today for the AFP commissioner Mick Keelty, who's to stand down in September.
Practice Area: Social Justice
AFP Commissioner Mick Keelty to step down
Wednesday 06 May 2009       Arjun Ramachandran       Herald Sun website
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty was not pushed into resigning, as he praised him for his "enormous service" to Australia.
Practice Area: Social Justice
CEO and others to go as OZ Minerals slims down
Wednesday 06 May 2009       Barry Fitzgerald       The Age
Former high-flyer OZ Minerals is to undergo wholesale board and management change to better reflect its greatly reduced size following the forced asset sales required to rid itself of its debt refinancing woes.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Investors misled by property developer, federal judge finds
Saturday 02 May 2009       Elisabeth Sexton       Sydney Morning Herald
A property development company behind a project nominated by the Treasurer, Wayne Swan, as a candidate for funding has been found by a Federal Court judge to have misled investors.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Forgotten Narre Warren North road victim
Friday 01 May 2009       Dimity Barber       Berwick Leader
A Narre Warren North woman’s disabled son is suffering because of a loophole in the law.
Practice Area: Road Accident Injuries
ASIC 'misled' lawyers
Wednesday 29 April 2009       Ben Butler       Herald Sun website
The corporate watchdog misled lawyers leading a $150 million class action against building giant Multiplex, a Federal Court judge has found.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
ASIC reprimanded for non-disclosure
Wednesday 29 April 2009       James Eyres       Australian Financial Review
ASIC reprimanded for non-disclosure in Multiplex class action.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Don't count on package if you're shown the door
Monday 20 April 2009       Josh Bornstein       Herald Sun
No job, no payout? It's a typical conversation and it's being played out all over Australia, whenever families or friends get together.
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
Plastic cup plan potted
Monday 20 April 2009       Nick Higginbottom       The Herald Sun
A suburban pub where a customer was glassed 3 1/2 years ago is against a police push to introduce plastic beer cups.
Practice Area: Public Liability
NAB shareholders consider class action
Wednesday 15 April 2009       James Eyres       Australian Financial Review
National Australia Bank faces a potential class action by shareholders alleging the bank delayed writing down the value of its holding of $1.2 billon of collateralised debt obligations last year.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Workers can sue twice for asbestos exposure
Monday 13 April 2009       Elizabeth Allen       Northcote Leader
A public asbestos forum held in Reservoir by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers heard Australia had the highest level of asbestos use in the world during its 1970s peak.
Practice Area: Asbestos Diseases
Trials, tribulations of a whistleblower
Monday 06 April 2009             Sydney Morning Herald
One man's experience as an informer at the property group Multiplex left more than a sour taste in his mouth.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Airlines told to co-operate in ACCC price-fixing case
Friday 03 April 2009       Ari Sharp       The Age website
Singapore Airlines and Emirates have been forced to co-operate with an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission investigation into price-fixing after they lost a legal argument that air cargo bound for Australia was clearly beyond the reach of the regulator.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Ringwood man wins worker’s compo deal
Wednesday 25 March 2009       James Dowling       Whitehorse Leader
Blackburn SleepMaster will pay part of a six-figure sum to a Ringwood man eight years after an accident that led to the loss of his right leg.
Practice Area: Work Related Injuries
Child died after hospitals sent him home three times
Tuesday 17 March 2009       Sarah-Jane Collins       The Age
Timothy Wood's parents knew something was terribly wrong with their son, but they could not get the help they were sure he needed.
Practice Area: Medical Negligence
Gunns pays $350,000 - and declares victory
Tuesday 17 March 2009       Selma Milovanovic       The Age
A multi-million dollar legal claim by timber giant Gunns aimed at keeping protesters away from Tasmania's old-growth forests has collapsed after four years, with the company ordered to pay the Wilderness Society $350,000 in legal costs.
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
Litigation funder's phones ring off hook
Tuesday 10 March 2009       Alison Bell       The Age
Phones are ringing off the hook at class action litigation funder IMF (Australia) Ltd as angry shareholders look to recoup losses from companies allegedly in breach of the continuous disclosure rules.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Calling the shots
Saturday 07 March 2009       David Marr       Sydney Morning Herald
The biggest international scam in Australian history remains unpunished.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Centro class action focuses on insurance
Friday 06 March 2009       Maurice Dunleavy       The Australian
Class action lawyer Maurice Blackburn wants access to indemnity insurance documents to find out if debt-ridden Centro could pay its $1 billion damages claim.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Investors strike back
Wednesday 04 March 2009       John Kavanagh       Tha Age
People with investment losses have found an avenue for redress.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Man tormented by son's death sues LPG fitters
Wednesday 04 March 2009       Kate Hagan       The Age
A father whose car exploded, killing his eight-year-old son and severely burning his three other children, is suing mechanics who installed and checked its faulty LPG system.
Practice Area: Road Accident Injuries
Army 'handed cash to shot Iraqi family'
Saturday 28 February 2009       Georgina Robinson       The Age website
The lawyer for an Iraqi family shot and badly injured by Australian soldiers in Baghdad three years ago says military officials gave his clients $US7700 cash in envelopes after the incident.
Practice Area: Compensation & Civil Claims
Beaconsfield Gold rejects inquest findings
Thursday 26 February 2009             ABC Local
Beaconsfield Gold has rejected the findings of a Tasmanian Coroner who says the company could have done more to prevent the death of one of its miners.
Practice Area: Work Related Injuries
Redundancy pay not guaranteed
Saturday 17 January 2009       Terri Butler       CareerOne.com.au
Q: I am worried about getting the sack. What are my entitlements regarding redundancy?
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
Banks face action over legal charges
Monday 12 January 2009       Danny John       Sydney Morning Herald
The banking industry may have to refund millions of dollars in wrongly charged legal bills after a court ruling found that St George Bank had failed to pass on discounts it had received from lawyers to the customers it had sued to recover bad debts.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects