The High Court has handed down its decision today (14 October 2015) in the case of Wright Prospecting Pty Ltd v Mount Bruce Mining Pty Ltd; Mount Bruce Mining Pty Ltd v Wright Prospecting Pty Ltd  HCA 37. The Court ruled that Mount Bruce Mining (MBM) is liable to pay royalties to Wright Prospecting and Hancock Prospecting (Hanwright) with respect of iron ore mined in the Eastern Range and Channar areas of the Pilbara region in Western Australia.
In PT Bayan Resources TBK v BCBC Singapore Pte Ltd & Ors  HCA 36, the High Court of Australia has today (14 October 2015) unanimously dismissed an appeal from the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of WA, holding that it is within the inherent power of the Supreme Court of WA to make a “freezing order” in relation to an anticipated judgment of a foreign court which, when delivered, would be registrable by order of the Supreme Court under the Foreign Judgments Act 1991 (Cth) (the FJ Act).
Yesterday (12 October 2015), the Criminal Code Amendment (Private Sexual Material) Bill 2015 was introduced into the House of Representatives in Commonwealth. The Bill has been introduced to combat the rise in so-called "revenge porn" by introducing three new telecommunications offences.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued a Draft Determination which proposes to deny authorisation to ihail Pty Ltd (ihail) for joint venture arrangements between Australian and international taxi networks and other participants in the taxi industry to launch and operate a new smartphone taxi booking app.
A class action is "likely" according to Australian firm, Maurice Blackburn Laywers, after Volkswagen announced on 7 September 2015 that approximately 90,000 Australian vehicles may be affected.
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