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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Another busy year ahead for business law reform
Another busy year ahead for business law reform
20 January 2013 | By  Andrew Wallace
The year ahead is shaping up as another busy one for law reform, with much of the work being done on New Zealand’s corporate and securities laws. It’s important for companies, and their directors and investors to keep on top of what’s around the corner, since the reforms will bring about major changes. A few of the key areas of reform either coming into force or being developed further this year are...
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Law Commission signals shakeup for corporate trustees
Law Commission signals shakeup for corporate trustees
09 December 2012 | By  Andrew Wallace
A couple of years ago the Law Commission kicked off a comprehensive review of the law of trusts in New Zealand. The Commission has recently released a paper explaining its preferred approach to deal with the issues that it’s looked into to date, including the rules around how trusts are created, and trustees’ powers and duties. One particular set of proposals worth focussing on is those in store for corporates that act as trustees...
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Marine Legislation Bill - Amendments
Marine Legislation Bill - Amendments
04 December 2012 | By  Karl Stolberger  | Barbara Versfelt
THE MARINE LEGISLATION BILL - Amendments to the Maritime Transport Act 1994 (MTA) and the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012...
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Marine Legislation Bill - Various Amendments
Marine Legislation Bill - Various Amendments
04 December 2012 | By  Karl Stolberger  | Barbara Versfelt
The Marine Legislation Bill (Bill) is presently before Parliament.  It makes a number of changes to the Maritime Transport Act 1994 (MTA) which are intended to come into force on 1 April 2013...
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Marine Legislation Bill - Ports and Harbour Safety
Marine Legislation Bill - Ports and Harbour Safety
04 December 2012 | By  Karl Stolberger  | Barbara Versfelt
The Marine Legislation Bill (Bill) is presently before Parliament. The Bill seeks to make changes to the Maritime Transport Act 1994 (MTA) which are intended to come into force on 1 April 2013...
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Lowdown Summer 2012
Lowdown Summer 2012
01 December 2012 | By  Lowndes Jordan
Welcome to the 2012 Summer edition of Lowdown.
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