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Fallout from the Cash Store Case continues
The decision in ASIC v The Cash Store (in liquidation) [2014] FCA 926 (Cash Store case) primarily focused on the responsible lending obligations of payday lender, the Cash Store under the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009. To view the Federal Court decision
Insurers take note: Victorian cases clarify limitations on joinder of insurers, strike-out applications and awards of indemnity costs
Three recent Victorian decisions serve as an important reminder of possible impacts on insurers: 1.Akron Roads Pty Ltd (in liq) v Crewe Sharp & Ors ("Akron Roads v Crewe Sharp") – the Supreme Court determined that a person who is not a party to an insurance contract has a proper basis for joining an insurer as a defendant to a proceeding in circumstances where the insurer has declined indemnity to an insured;
Proposed changes to unfair contract term laws and how they impact customs brokers/forwarders
The Federal Government recently announced that laws protecting consumers against unfair contract terms will be extended to provide protection to the small business sector. This raises a number of issues for customs brokers and freight forwarders, particularly in respect to exclusions of liability, situations where carriage of goods can be avoided and penalties for breaching the contract.
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