The Digital Afterlife
The Digital Afterlife
19 June 2013 | By  Stephanie Nicolson  | Rick Shera
What becomes of our online assets and identity after we die, and how can we ensure that they are treated appropriately by our executors?
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Three fundamentals for a successful joint venture
Three fundamentals for a successful joint venture
09 June 2013 | By  Andrew Wallace
So you’ve been looking at doing a joint venture with a business partner you know you can trust. You’ve done your due diligence and have got clear goals for what you want to get out of it. Now what? Well, whatever the legal structure you ultimately settle on (which will also involve tax and accounting considerations), there are three key areas you need to nail down. Without doing so, the venture is almost certainly destined to become a very costly headache...
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Time to put the three elements of unfairness to the test
Time to put the three elements of unfairness to the test
12 May 2013 | By  Andrew Wallace
Does your business contract with your customers on a set of standard terms? Or are you looking at putting a set of standard terms in place? If so, you need to be aware that proposed new rules against unfair contract terms look destined to become law later this year...
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Shipping - Commerce Act to be applicable to international shipping
Shipping - Commerce Act to be applicable to international shipping
07 May 2013 | By  Barbara Versfelt  | Karl Stolberger
The Minister of Commerce has announced that international shipping is to be placed within the framework of the Commerce Act 1986 ...
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Five key points to think about when going in as a minority investor
Five key points to think about when going in as a minority investor
14 April 2013 | By  Andrew Wallace
Going into business can be an exciting time. However, it’s critical at the early stages to give careful thought to various aspects of how the business will work between you and your fellow business partners. This is particularly important if you’re going in as a minority investor...
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Lowdown - Autumn 2013
Lowdown - Autumn 2013
09 April 2013 | By  Lowndes Jordan
Welcome to the 2013 Autumn edition of Lowdown. This edition covers critical Law Changes in force, as well as impending law changes On the Horizon. We also Celebrate the Success of more of our clients and update you as to LJ News and Our People.
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Consumer Law Reform Bill will make major changes
Consumer Law Reform Bill will make major changes
04 April 2013 | By  Barbara Versfelt  | Rick Shera
The Consumer Law Reform Bill (CLRB) had its second reading in Parliament on 12 December 2012 and should be passed sometime this year. It will make major changes to various consumer laws...
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Mateship in foreign investment becomes law
Mateship in foreign investment becomes law
17 March 2013 | By  Andrew Wallace
In February last year the New Zealand and Australian governments signed an investment protocol under the CER trade agreement that further strengthens the investment relationship between the two countries...
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Manifestly Unjust?
Manifestly Unjust?
13 March 2013 | By  Rick Shera
A few things to note from the most recent decision of the Copyright Tribunal in RIANZ v CAL2012-E000609 [2013] NZCOP 5 (see sidebar pdf), issued on 7 March 2013. The case involved a soldier who submitted he was overseas serving in Afghanistan when the infringements took place ...
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Third copyright strike for 3strikesnz
Third copyright strike for 3strikesnz
20 February 2013 | By  Rick Shera
The third decision of the New Zealand Copyright Tribunal under our graduated response, infringing file sharing, "3 strikes", regime has just been issued ...
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Foreign Charter Fishing Vessels (FCV’s):
Foreign Charter Fishing Vessels (FCV’s):
19 February 2013 | By  Karl Stolberger  | Barbara Versfelt
The 27 or so FCV's operating in New Zealand account for about half of the fish landed from our EEZ and bring with them some significant economic benefits. However FCV's have not been without their problems...
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Irish Court says Facebook doesn't have to filter posts
Irish Court says Facebook doesn't have to filter posts
13 February 2013 | By  Rick Shera
It's good to see Courts in various jurisdictions getting it. They understand that it is practically impossible and legally unjustified to try to impose on online service providers a duty to filter or otherwise proactively monitor content as it is uploaded and shared ...
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