Useful cases

For those interested in cases on Corporate Law, Technology Law and Intellectual Property, please find a list below of interesting decisions of Australian Courts and links to legislation related to our areas of practice:

Commercial law

Competition and Consumer Law

Google Inc v Australian  Competition and Consumer Commission [2013] HCA 1

Corporate law


Leslie Ross Burton Hugh Jenner Wily v Leslie Ross Burton, Urmar Pty Ltd and Locpat Pty Ltd (in liquidation) unreported, FC, No NB 2172 of 1993 FED No 388/94 22 April 1994 – Power of appointment of Trustee

Capital raising


Minutes of meetings

  • John J Star (Real Estate)  Pty Ltd v Robert R Andrew (A’Asia)  Pty Ltd and others – (1991) 6 ASCR 63

Joint Ventures


Dow Jones and Company Inc v Gutnick [2002] HCA 56

Employment law


  • La Rosa v Nudrill Pty Ltd [2013] WASCA 18 – when an exclusion clause included on the back of an invoice, which is not directly drawn to the other party’s attention, offers useful protection from liability for damages.

Technology law

Software development

Online law

Trademarks in meta tags and urls

Trademarks in add words

Intellectual Property

Confidential information


User generated content (UCG)

Click wrap vs Browse Wrap

Trade marks


Domain name disputes

Social Media Law

Misleading and deceptive conduct on social media sites

State of Victoria v Pacific Technologies (Australia) Pty Ltd (ACN 065 199 439) NSD 1429 of 2008 (Pacific) – Commentary

Litigation and Dispute Resolution



Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (Cth)

Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)

Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)

Copyright Act 1968 (Cth)

Electronic Transactions Act 1999 (Cth)

Evidence Act 1977 (Cth)

Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) 

Foreign Judgments Act 1991 (Cth)

Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (Cth)

Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (Cth)

Interactive Gambling Act 2001 (Cth)

Patents Act 1990 (Cth)

Privacy Act 1988 (Cth)

Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 (Cth)

Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Regulations 1994 (Cth)

Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 (Cth)

Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth)

Telecommunications Act 1997 (Cth)

Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Cth)

Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011 (Cth)

Guidance notes

Australian Guidelines for Electronic Commerce


Queensland Legislation

Acts Interpretation Act 1954 (Qld)

Duties Act 2001 (Qld)

Electronic Transactions Act 2001 (Qld)

Evidence Act 1977 (Qld)

Legal Profession Act 2007 (Qld)

Succession Act 1981 (Qld)

Powers of Attorney Act 1998 (Qld)

Trusts Act 1973 (Qld)

Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999 (Qld).

International Treaties

Model Law on Electronic Signatures 2001

Model Law on Electronic Commerce 1996

Comparative Privacy Laws

USA – the Legislation of Privacy – Privacy Laws that will change your life.

EU Privacy Directive

Regulatory Guides

Australian eMarketing Code of Practice

Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (Cth) (BSA):

Internet and Mobile Content Code:

  • Content Code 1 – Hosting Content In Australia;
  • Content Code 2 – Providing Access to Content Hosted within Australia;
  • Content Code 3 – Providing Access to Content Hosted Outside Australia

Advertising Standards

AANA Best Practice Guideline – Responsible Marketing Communications in the Digital Space



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