Employee Class Actions: New claims in the flexible employment economy

The gig economy is reshaping employee class actions, with recent decisions classifying independent contractors and casual workers as employees. Historically, employee class actions were the monopoly of the union movement. But with the waning of union membership and influence, and the rise of the gig economy and large numbers of casual workers, litigation funders are […]

Government Bill opens the back door for hackers

The Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018 was introduced to Parliament on 20 September. While the Bill may sound innocuous, its scope and implications could significantly impact personal data security in Australia and make it easier for hackers to access personal data stored on devices. Technology commentators say it will be […]

Competing Class Actions – the Court considers how best to address the problem

With the increasing number of litigation funders and plaintiff class action law firms, the threat of multiple competing class actions in respect of the same issues and the associated increased costs are an ever increasing risk for both insurers and insureds alike. ┬áThe recent Federal Court decision of Justice Lee in Perera v GetSwift Ltd […]

GDPR: How One Website Advertisement Could Cost You Millions from May 25, 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) affects businesses across the globe, despite originating in the European Union (EU) and comes into force today. It is not too late to consider the impact as an Australian or New Zealand business owner. What makes this new regulation unique is the obligations imposed on businesses worldwide to comply […]

Autonomous vehicles: insurance and product liability implications on land and on the high seas

Wotton + Kearney partner, Belinda Henningham, along with Peter Allchorne, Wendy Hopkins, Olya Melnitchouk, Andrew Parker and Toby Vallance from our Legalign Global Alliance partner firm, DAC Beachcroft, explore whether the insurance industry is ready for the potential shift in policy coverage relating to autonomous vehicles and crewless ships. Belinda states that”…should the Australian Federal […]

Big Names, Big Data and Stroke

In the final installment of our exclusive series with ANZIIF: ‘How Advances in Medical Technology Are Impacting Insurance’, Karen Jones (Partner) and Dominic Flannery (Special Counsel) predict the likely benefit of the historical data from stroke victims on patients and insurers. You’d be hard pressed to find a reality where Sharon Stone, Richard Nixon, Joseph […]

On the Nose – Detecting Brain Injury

Imagine if brain trauma such as concussion could be detected instantly in an athlete through the sense of smell? In Part Five of our exclusive series with ANZIIF: ‘How Advances in Medical Technology Are Impacting Insurance’, Karen Jones (Partner) and Dominic Flannery (Special Counsel) comment on this developing technological advancement and its significance on insurers, […]

The “Angelina Effect” – Genetic Testing Becomes a Global Phenomenon

Angelina Jolie’s actions to undergo a double mastectomy after genetic testing revealed her predisposition to cancer has created an “Angelina Effect” – a growing demand for attaining personal genetic data. In Part Four of our exclusive series with ANZIIF: ‘How Advances in Medical Technology Are Impacting Insurance’, Karen Jones (Partner) and Dominic Flannery (Special Counsel) […]

Do you have a right to privacy?

Andrew Moore (Partner) and Ahrani Ranjitkumar (Senior Associate) have contributed to the recent LexisNexis Privacy Law Bulletin, looking at the need for Australia to develop its privacy laws to allow for sufficient protection of individuals’ rights to privacy in our evolving digital world. The article addresses the following key takeaways: the development of a statutory […]