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GOOGLE SEARCH: WHAT IF I’VE BEEN DEFAMED?

– By Glen Pearce – Have you ever Googled your own name and been concerned with the results? A Queensland man recently made a legal claim against internet giant Google, alleging that defamatory material that had been previously removed from its search engine had been made available again to Google users. He has claimed damages…

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POST SEPARATION CONTRIBUTIONS: DO LOTTERY WINNINGS COUNT?

– By Marwa Shabbar – You’re told you’ve won the lotto. First, you think it’s a scam until you finally realise that it is all too real. You’re excited. You can’t believe that you’ve finally won. Then the realisation of your pending property settlement dawns on you and you begin to wonder if your former…

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QUALITY OVER QUANTITY COUNTS IN PARENTING ORDERS

– By Michelle Crichton – The Family Court has decided that quality over quantity counts when making parenting orders. It found that “substantial and significant time” with a child did not necessarily require involvement in their daily routine. Background Before they separated, the mother and father lived in Melbourne with their children. The father had…

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NEIGHBOUR DISPUTES: HOW TO SAVE MONEY AND HEARTACHE

– By Vanessa Ho – Some recent decisions concerning neighbour fence disputes show how important it is to get proper advice before taking legal action. Hogarth v Karp In this case, the parties were neighbours. The respondents had development approval to build a new house on their land. Their building plans required the use of…

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OPERATION SAFE SPEED: SHOULD I PAY THE FINE?

– By Karen Stanley – Operation Safe Speed, a police campaign targeting speeding motorists, was conducted over a three day period in October 2016. During the operation, South Australian Police issued more than 1000 expiation notices for speeding, equating to around 14 notices issued for every hour of the Operation. If you have been issued…

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EARS LEFT RINGING AFTER WORKPLACE INJURY

– By Geoffrey Wark – A man who claimed that his employment conditions caused tinnitus has been awarded compensation by the South Australian Employment Tribunal (Tribunal). This case is significant because it was found that the connection of the injury to the man’s work did not have to be explained by “precise” medical science. Background…

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WEDDING CANCELLED: CAN THE DEPOSIT BE REFUNDED?

– By Elizabeth Burke – Most people expect that a “non-refundable” deposit is just that. If you don’t go ahead with your plans, you lose it. But after cancelling their wedding, a couple has successfully convinced a court that most of their deposit should be refunded. Background In December 2014, an engaged couple inspected Brooklyn…