Today (11 February 2016) in CGU Insurance Limited v Ross Blakeley, Michael Ryan & Quentin Olde as Joint and Several Liquidators of Akron Roads Pty Ltd (In Liq) & Ors  HCA 2, the High Court of Australia has dismissed an appeal from the Supreme Court of Victoria, Court of Appeal. In dismissing the appeal, the High Court has held that the Federal jurisdiction invested in the Supreme Court of Victoria authorised that Court to grant a declaration in favour of a plaintiff against a defendant's insurer that the insurer is liable to indemnify the defendant.
The Federal Court has found NRM Corporation Pty Ltd and NRM Trading Pty Ltd (NRM) guilty of contempt of court. NRM operated the business known as Advanced Medical Institution (AMI). The finding came after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) took NRM to court for failing to comply with orders made by Justice North in earlier proceedings brought by the Commission.
Among the various other matters addressed by Road Transport Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 (No 2) (the Bill), it is reported that the Bill :
As mentioned in our previous TimeBase article, a statutory review of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 (Cth) was conducted in 2008 by a committee comprising Mr Anthony Blunn AO, Mr Ian Govey and Professor John McMillan AO. It produced the report titled 2008 Review of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003. The committee found that the Act had been successful in providing a repository of legislative instruments, improving public access to legislative instruments and facilitating parliamentary scrutiny of legislative instruments. As a result of the recommendations of that review, the draft Legislation Rule 2016 was introduced in December 2015.
In a yet to be released judgment, it has been reported that the Federal Court has ordered supermarket giant Woolworths Limited (Woolworths) to pay total penalties of $3.057 million for breaches of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) [contained in Sch 2 to Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)] relating to safety issues with house brand products sold in Woolworths Supermarkets, Big W and Masters stores.
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