Archives for December 2020

Warning – Facebook trolls ordered to pay $150k damages

In the recent unreported case of Moy v Isaac & Smith, featured in an article published by the Courier Mail on 15 November 2020, two online trolls were ordered to pay $150,000 to a wedding planner after creating a number of defamatory Facebook posts about her business. [Read more…]

Transfer duty exemption for small business restructures

On 9 October 2020, the Queensland Commissioner of State Revenue (Commissioner) issued Public Ruling DA000.16.1 (Ruling) which outlines new transfer duty exemptions under the Duties Act 2001 (Qld) (Act) available to eligible small businesses undergoing a restructuring.   The Ruling stems from a public announcement made by Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick on 7 September 2020. [Read more…]

Terminating an indefinite contract

There may be many reasons for a contract having no end date (Indefinite Contract).  However, in practice this can be problematic when a party wants to end the contract for any reason.  In this article we examine how to deal with the various contractual requirements for termination of an Indefinite Contract. [Read more…]

New auDA domain name licensing rules incoming

A new set of rules by the .au Domain Administration Limited (auDA) governing the use of the .au country code top-level domain (.au ccTLD) will come into effect on 12 April 2021.  The new rules will apply to all domain names in the .au ccTLD registered, transferred, or renewed on or after this date. [Read more…]

Who is an “officer” in business dealings?

The term “officer” (Officer) is used in various statutory contexts including (but not limited to) the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Act) and also in the Franchising Code of Conduct (Code) located in Schedule 1 of the Competition and Consumer (Industry Codes-Franchising) Regulation 2014 (Cth) (Regulation).   It is also often referred to in the context of liability of “Officers” of corporations.   Given the statutory use of this term the questions is just who is an Officer as defined in the Corporations Act? [Read more…]

Directions to rectify defective domestic building work – part 3

Under the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991 (Act) the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) is empowered to issue to a builder a notice to rectify defective domestic building work.  [Read more…]

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