Monthly Legal Updater October 2018

In Show 136 – Monthly Legal Updater October 2018 originally broadcast on Facebook Live on Friday 5 October 2018 we go through the changes to the law from the last month.

Show Notes

Time once again for an update on all things legal in Australia and around the world.

Jones defamation case

Australian radio personality Alan Jones has been ordered to pay $3.4 million dollars in a defamation case.  The broadcaster was found to have been “willfully blind to the truth” when he said that four brothers were responsible for a 2011 flood.

Bankruptcy reforms

In September the government tabled new legislation to change the bankruptcy act.  Some of the changes include a doubling of the current asset threshold amount.  The bill also reduces the bankruptcy period to one year.  The Attorney General calls it the most comprehensive change to the bill in over a decade.

Max Brenner enters administration

Chocolate retailer Max Brenner has entered voluntary administration, blaming sluggish sales for the decision.  The company operates 37 stores across the country and employed over 600 people.

ASIC and ACCC news

ASIC says it continues to monitor unfair contract terms for small business.  This comes after a number of lenders have changed the terms of their small business loans.  It has recommended some changes but they are small, so far.

Fitness First Australia has paid a penalty to the ACCC.  The company paid a $12 thousand fine over allegations it over charged customers for using credit cards for their membership fees.

Westpac has admitted to breaching it’s responsible lending provisions and agreed to pay a $35 million fine.  The company was miscalculating customers ability to pay.

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