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Natasha Stojanovich

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Name: Natasha Stojanovich
Date registered: 10 September 2013

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  1. New laws place real estate agents under the hammer — 9 May 2017
  2. Senate Inquiry into ‘non-confirming’ building products is wrapping up — 23 March 2017
  3. The Victorian Building Authority fires up for further audits — 2 March 2017
  4. To cap or not to cap? Tassie finally joins the party — 24 January 2017
  5. Finding dirt in the cloud? — 12 January 2017

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New laws place real estate agents under the hammer

On 1 May, amendments to the Estate Agents Act 1980 (Vic) took effect in Victoria. The new legislation is designed to address the allegedly widespread practice of underquoting in the Victorian real estate industry. The new laws strengthen existing prohibitions on underquoting, and apply only to residential properties. The legislation requires, amongst other things: The …

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Senate Inquiry into ‘non-confirming’ building products is wrapping up

On 23 June 2015, the Senate commenced a wide-ranging an inquiry into the use of ‘non-conforming’ building products (being products and materials that do not meet required standards). The inquiry was launched following a 2014 fire in a Victorian apartment complex involving the use of aluminium composite panelling. The due date for reporting has been …

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The Victorian Building Authority fires up for further audits

Following the Lacrosse fire in Melbourne’s Docklands in late 2014, the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) conducted an audit of non-compliant wall cladding systems of high rise buildings in inner city Melbourne. By way of background, the Lacrosse building was clad in aluminium composite panelling, and it is alleged that the panelling (with a combustible core) …

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To cap or not to cap? Tassie finally joins the party

Late last year Tasmania passed changes to its capped liability legislation, finally bringing it into line with the mainland, more than 10 years after the legislation was first introduced in the apple isle. The legislation allows professional groups to register schemes, by which their members can, by statute ‘cap’ or limit their professional liability, to …

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Finding dirt in the cloud?

A recent Supreme Court decision has ‘opened the door’ to litigants seeking discovery of supposedly ‘deleted’ electronic material in the Cloud. The decision concerned a dispute about discovery in a defamation proceeding. It all turned on seeking access to text messages which had been deleted from the plaintiff’s i-Phone. The plaintiff said his i-Phone had …

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US consumer protection body proposes abolition of mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer contracts

On 5 May, the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a report proposing the prohibition of mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer contracts. Click here to read the full report. In the US, many standard consumer contracts, for instance for credit cards and bank accounts contain arbitration clauses, which may prevent consumers from bringing class actions …

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Victoria introduces new laws to tackle flaws in the building system

On 19 April 2016, a new piece of legislation designed to ‘restore confidence’ in the State’s $28 billion building industry, by tackling ‘longstanding flaws’ in the building system, received Royal Assent. The legislation, which is aptly titled the Building Legislation Amendment “(Consumer Protection)” Act 2015 (Vic) has a clear emphasis on consumer protection. The legislation is …

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Calls for a Royal Commission into the insurance industry

The past 24 hours has seen further fallout from the Fairfax/Four Corners led exposé of CommInsure, with calls for a wide ranging royal commission into the insurance industry. These calls have been backed by both the federal opposition and the Australian Shareholders Association (ASA), the peak representative body for retail shareholders. The government is yet …

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Federal Court Introduces New Insurance List for Short Matters

The Federal Court has announced that it is introducing a new, specialist ‘Insurance List’ for short matters. The aim of the new list is to provide key insurance industry stakeholders (underwriters, re-insurers, brokers and insureds), with a specialist forum for the prompt and efficient resolution of legal issues related to insurance. The new list will …

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Brirek Industries Pty Ltd v McKenzie Group Consulting (Vic) Pty Ltd – more claims against building practitioners?

On 6 August 2014, the Victorian Court of Appeal handed its decision in Brirek Industries Pty Ltd v McKenzie Group Consulting (Vic) Pty Ltd [2014] VSCA 165.  The decision clarified the operation of limitation periods in building actions (put, whether a six or ten year limitation period applies). The decision is not good news for …

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