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Should Your Digital Assets Be Treated Like Your Physical Assets Once You Die?

Thursday 18 September 2014 @ 12.50 p.m. | Legal Research

This year, the American state of Delaware passed the “Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets and Digital Accounts Act”.  The legislation followed a model proposed earlier by the Uniform Law Commission, and means that Delaware residents’ digital assets will be treated as if they were physical assets – left behind for heirs and executors.

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ACCC v Safe Breast Imaging: Breast Imaging Company Fined Deceptive Conduct

Thursday 18 September 2014 @ 10.35 a.m. | Legal Research | Trade & Commerce

In Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v Safe Breast Imaging Pty Ltd (No 2) [2014] FCA 998 (16 September 2014) the Federal Court has fined breast imaging company Safe Breast Imaging Pty Ltd (SBI) $200,000 and ordered its manager be fined $50,000 and also be disqualified from managing corporations for four years, for deceptively promoting a service as an alternative to mammograms.

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Politicians Re-Discover Medical Cannabis as an Issue

Wednesday 17 September 2014 @ 11.27 a.m. | Crime | Legal Research

The value of medical cannabis in the treatment of people with life-threatening seizures, as an offset to the side-effects of chemotherapy, or in the treating of, or relieving the symptoms of, a range of illnesses and conditions has been clear for quite a long while. Finally, it seems to have also become clear to at least two Australian state governments as well.

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Superannuation for First Home Buyers Deposit in South Australia

Tuesday 16 September 2014 @ 11.50 a.m. | Legal Research | Taxation

The independent senator for South Australia, Nick Xenophon, has said he will introduce legislative changes in the coming spring sitting period to allow new home buyers to ‘borrow’ money from their super account to help pay their deposit.

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NZ High Court Decides Shield Law Protection Can Extend to Bloggers

Tuesday 16 September 2014 @ 10.49 a.m. | IP & Media | Legal Research

In Slater v Blomfield [2014] NZHC 2221 (12 September 2014) Justice Asher of the New Zealand High Court is reported to have decided that bloggers can be legally defined as a journalist and that their blogs can be described as journalism, regardless of whether their writing is carried out for a mainstream media outlet or indeed for a lesser know media source.

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