Health and Safety Law Reform Announced
Health and Safety Law Reform Announced
17 September 2013 | By  Barbara Versfelt
On 7 August 2013, the Minister of Labour announced significant reform to the Health and Safety legislation...
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Cross Border Insolvency and Ship Arrest
Cross Border Insolvency and Ship Arrest
10 September 2013 | By  Barbara Versfelt
New Zealand has implemented the United Nations Model Law on Cross Border Insolvency (Model Law) in the Insolvency (Cross Border) Act 2006 (Act). Under the Act, foreign insolvency administrators may apply to the New Zealand Courts for recognition of insolvency proceedings commenced overseas...
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Supplier’s Guarantee ‘As to Delivery’ of Consumer Goods
Supplier’s Guarantee ‘As to Delivery’ of Consumer Goods
06 September 2013 | By  Barbara Versfelt
The Consumer Law Reform Bill (Bill) proposes to amend the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 (CGA) by introducing an additional supplier’s guarantee ‘as to delivery’ in Part I of the CGA...
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Blurring the copyright lines
Blurring the copyright lines
02 September 2013 | By  Rick Shera
A group of Auckland Law School students - Adelaide Dunn, Olivia Lubbock and Zoe Ellwood - have created an excellent parody of the Robin Thicke Blurred Lines video but is it legal? ...
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Securities Law: Of pumping and dumping and painting the tape
Securities Law: Of pumping and dumping and painting the tape
07 August 2013 | By  Andrew Wallace
Last week the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) announced that it had filed the first market manipulation case to be taken in New Zealand...
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But is user generated content really advertising?
But is user generated content really advertising?
01 August 2013 | By  Rick Shera
I've written before about what seems to be a difference of opinion between the New Zealand Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) and its Australian cousin, the Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB), as to whether user generated comments (UGC) are subject to their respective codes ...
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Exclusivity: think before you ink
Exclusivity: think before you ink
16 July 2013 | By  Andrew Wallace
A recent high-profile stoush involving two Australian retail giants and a fashion designer has shone the spotlight on exclusivity arrangements. Whatever it is you do, if you’re looking at entering into an arrangement under which you’ll do that on an exclusive basis for the other side, there are three things it’s critical for you to think through...
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Lowdown - Winter 2013
Lowdown - Winter 2013
04 July 2013 | By  Lowndes Jordan
Welcome to the 2013 Winter edition of the Lowdown. In this edition we cover critical Law Changes in force as well as impending law changes On the Horizon. We also update you as to LJ News...
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New Trademark Clearinghouse for domain names
New Trademark Clearinghouse for domain names
01 July 2013 | By  Rick Shera  | 
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has recently opened its Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) to help trade mark owners protect their brands in anticipation of the impending launch of hundreds of new gTLDs (generic top-level domains).
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Law Reform for Government Surveillance - the GCSB and TICS Bills
Law Reform for Government Surveillance - the GCSB and TICS Bills
28 June 2013 | By  Rick Shera
Two important pieces of legislation are currently being debated before Parliament, each relating to the expansion of the government’s ability to carry out surveillance on New Zealanders...
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Insurance – Funding of Fire Services
Insurance – Funding of Fire Services
24 June 2013 | By  Karl Stolberger  | Barbara Versfelt
The Government is undertaking a review of the Fire Service. Over time the functions performed by the fire services have changed and now cover a wider range of services, including non-fire emergency services. The funding arrangements in the applicable legislation no longer align with the services undertaken...
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Section 9 Law Reform Act 1936 – Charges over Insurance Money
Section 9 Law Reform Act 1936 – Charges over Insurance Money
24 June 2013 | By  Karl Stolberger
Where a liability arises under an insurance policy the Law Reform Act 1936 (Act) allows an injured third party to claim directly against another party's insurer. Usually this right is invoked where the insured is insolvent. Section 9 of the Act creates a charge over the relevant insurance monies in favour of the claimant and thus protects those monies from the claims of other creditors of an insolvent insured. An insurer cannot however be made liable beyond the scope of its obligations under the applicable policy...
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