Forum Law News - Issue #22 May-June 2014
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At Forum Law we know that it's vital to stay up to date with the latest legal developments that are relevant to your industry, workplace or personal circumstances. In our Forum Law News we describe some of the recent cases that may be of interest, and link to the full outlines of the cases and how their decisions affect the relevant laws on our website.

  Construction Law News  

A broom through the laws relating to home builders and owners

A revision of the Home Building Act [NSW] and its Regulations brings practical changes to the entitlement and obligations of home builders and consumers

On 28 May 2014 the revisions to the Home Building Act were passed and will come into effect later in 2014, once the Regulations have been finalised.

Read about the impacts of the revised Home Building Act >


Builders and related parties in NSW should be aware of recent changes to the SOPA

Changes to the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payments Act [NSW] (SOPA) now include all players in the construction industry where the Act applies, and significantly affect when payments are due

All of the state governments in Australia have legislation designed to protect builders, architects, engineers and subcontractors with their cash flow on construction works, not including home building where the owner/principal does intend to live in the new dwelling. The SOPA does apply where the services have been supplied by an architect or other qualified professional regardless of whether the services were for an owner who will live in the property.

Read about the important changes to SOPA >


Construction contracts and a PPSA reminder

Don’t be caught out if you fail to look after your property on building sites

On 28 May 2014 revisions to the Home Building Act were passed and will come into effect later in 2014, once the Regulations have been finalised.

What can happen to your property on building sites? >

  PPSA News  

Protect your intellectual property

It is increasingly critical to protect your intellectual property, especially with the explosion in online selling platforms

The recent case in the Federal Court of Australia of Seafolly Pty Limited v. Fewstone Pty. Limited [trading as City Beach][2014] FCA 321 provides a concise and up-to-date insight into the treatment of copyright in designs as applied to prints on fabrics for commercial clothing industries. This decision reflects an increasing number of enquiries we have received at Forum Law regarding the protection of the intellectual property of our clients.

What are the insights of the Seafolly case? >

  Consumer Law News  

Be vigilant about the wording of your advertising!

The Federal Court provides a timely reminder that even big business must not potentially mislead the consumer

In the recent case of Australian Competition and Consumer Commission [ACCC] v Coles Supermarkets Australia Pty Ltd [Coles] [2014] FCA 634, in the Federal Court of Australia, the consumer watchdog the ACCC brought proceedings against Coles arising out of an in-store advertisement for Coles bread which contained the “dominant message” that the bread was “baked today, sold today” was “freshly baked in-store” and other claims.

Read more about this important case >


If you would like to discuss any of these issues or if you require any legal advice or assistance please contact us at Forum Law on +61 2 9560 3388 or email us.


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