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    The Weekly News Roundup - 8th May

    15/05/19 4:03 PM

    WEDNESDAY 8TH

    Melbourne pub ordered to tear down Harry Potter installation after legal threat

    The Imperial Hotel has been ordered tear down its rooftop Harry Potter installation and turn off the taps on its Buttah Beer after the multinational demanded the pub remove all wizard-themed decorations and references.

    Super funds shirking social issues are breaking law: AusSuper chief

    Superannuation funds failing to consider environmental, social and corporate governance risks when investing their members' retirement savings are in breach of their duties and therefore the law, says the head of Australia's biggest industry super fund.

    Tasmanian sex crime survivors seek right to be publicly identified

    Tasmania and the Northern Territory are the only jurisdictions where that means survivors of alleged sexual offences are also prevented from publicly identifying themselves, unless a court makes an order allowing them to do so.

    THURSDAY 9TH

    Why you can still be charged double for consumer goods, years after Government pledged crackdown

    Advocates are angry vulnerable Australians are still being "harmed" by payday loans and high-cost appliance contracts, years after the Federal Government promised to crack down on the practice.

    Who to Sue When a Robot Loses Your Fortune

    The first known case of humans going to court over investment losses triggered by autonomous machines will test the limits of liability.

    Mining mogul Gina Rinehart wins bid to keep family feud out of court

    The High Court has found in favour of Australia's richest person Gina Rinehart, allowing a dispute with two of her children to be heard out of the public spotlight. 

    FRIDAY 10TH

    'I won't be intimidated': Ikea tackles Aussie mum in trademark tussle

    Kylie Hughes' heart sank when a letter arrived in the post from Ikea's lawyers. Her fledgling business Stylkea, which sells products enabling customers to transform their flat-pack furniture, was in trouble with Ikea over her attempt to trademark her business' name.

    Parents face court over neglect of child on vegan-only diet

    A judge has lashed out at one half of a Sydney vegan couple who had their three children taken away from them after police found their 20-month-old girl was severely malnourished and suffering from rickets face five years in jail.

    Rocky Hill open cut coal mine 'dead in the water' after Gloucester Resources abandons appeal option

    The company proposing a controversial open cut coal mine for New South Wales' Manning Valley, refused by an environment court in February on the grounds of its contribution to climate change, will not appeal the decision.

    MONDAY 13TH

    Former public servant to get new taxpayer-funder recliner to help with neck pain from 1992 car accident

    The government's workplace insurer has been told to cough up $1,114 for a new recliner lounge chair for a former public servant who was injured in a car crash 27 years ago.

    'Somewhat enormous meals': cafe owner ordered to pay Instagram influencer $1,600

    A Melbourne cafe has been ordered to pay an Instagram influencer more than $1,600 after a verbal contract between the parties “turned sour”.

    Australian ugg boot-maker loses legal battle over trademark naming rights

    Australian ugg boot-maker Eddie Oygur has suffered a $643,000 loss in his "David versus Goliath" legal fight with a major US footwear and apparel company.

    TUESDAY 14TH

    Marist Fathers to be sued for hundreds of thousands of dollars by Tasmanian sex abuse victims

    Former Tasmanian school students are suing the Marist Fathers for hundreds of thousands of dollars over historical sexual abuse that occurred in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

    Housing department accused of trying to prevent asbestos legal action

    A public housing tenant who discovered asbestos in her home says the Department of Housing is trying to get her to sign a document that would prevent her from taking legal action if she ever developed an asbestos-related illness.

    Online betting agencies using illegal offers to lure new users

    Some gambling companies are using a legal loophole to induce punters to gamble online while regulators are cracking down on others. NSW passed laws in July 2018 banning the promotion or inducement to gamble, although an exemption allows such advertising on racing websites.

    WEDNESDAY 15TH

    Foodora owes $8 million to former delivery workers, who will only receive 29 cents in the dollar

    Foodora owes nearly $8 million in unpaid wages and superannuation, but its former workers will only get back a small fraction of that in their wallets.

    Couple lodges court claim for almost $500k in unpaid wages from cleaning company

    A husband and wife who say they worked 60-hour weeks as cleaners at a council in Melbourne's north have lodged a claim for nearly $500,000 in unpaid wages from their former employer.

    Mistake of fact defence: The legal loophole stopping Queensland rape complainants from getting justice

    That a woman may "freeze" rather than fight back against a sexual assault is a common and well-documented reaction. This response — and the fact that not fighting back does not mean someone is consenting — is also recognised in Australian rape laws, which have been reformed and refined over the years to better reflect social attitudes towards consent. But in Queensland, a century-old legal loophole is allowing defendants in sexual assault cases to escape accountability by doing exactly that.

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    Micaela Corr

    Written by Micaela Corr