|Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (FCAFC) - competition - ANZ and mortgage broker did not compete in market for supply of loan arrangement services - ACCC’s appeal dismissed - ANZ’s cross-appeal allowed (I B G)
|Pioneer Studios Pty Ltd v Hills (NSWCA) - workers compensation - employee injured at party at employer’s premises - erroneous determination of course of employment - appeal allowed (I G)
|Papantoniou v Brown (No 2) (NSWCA) - costs - offer of settlement - rejection of offer not unreasonable - indemnity costs refused (I B)
|Charitou v The Owners of Strata Plan 10394 (NSWSC) - contract - deed not void for common, mutual or unilateral mistake - declarations that deed of no force and effect refused (B)
|Illawarra Retirement Trust v Denham Constructions Pty Ltd (No.2) (NSWSC) - costs - both parties achieved roughly equivalent degree of success - each party to bear own costs (I C)
|Re Thomson (VSC) - evidence - application of presumption of regularity - unsigned copy of updated trust deed was operative deed of superannuation fund (B)
|BRB Modular Pty Ltd v AWX Constructions Pty Ltd (QSC) - security of payments - contractual precondition did not prevent reference date for payment claim arising under Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld) - application dismissed (C)
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|Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd  FCAFC 103
Full Court of the Federal Court
Allsop CJ, Davies & Wigney JJ
Competition - Australian Competition and Consumer Commission commenced proceedings against ANZ alleging it contravened ss45(2)(a)(ii) & 45(2)(b)(ii) Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth) - ACCC alleged ANZ entered agreement with mortgage broker which contained provision substantially lessening competition in market for supply of loan arrangement services to members of public by loan providers, franchisees and brokers - primary judge found that ANZ did not participate in any market in which brokers provided loan arrangement services to potential borrowers - ACCC appealed - ANZ cross-appealed against finding refunds paid by mortgage broker to borrowers that were subject of agreement with ANZ were “rebates” within the meaning of s45A - held: ACCC failed to demonstrate any error by primary judge - appeal dismissed - cross-appeal allowed.
ACCC (I B G)
|Pioneer Studios Pty Ltd v Hills  NSWCA 222
Court of Appeal of New South Wales
Workers compensation - respondent photographer attended party at employer’s premises - respondent injured when she fell over a balustrade in stairwell - respondent made worker’s compensation claim - Workers Compensation Commission rejected claim - deputy president allowed claim but Court set decision aside - different deputy president upheld claim - appellant appealed - s353(1) Workplace Injury Management and Workers Compensation Act 1998 (NSW) - whether erroneous approach to fact-finding - whether deputy president erred in reliance on subjective belief of respondent when determining course of employment - held (by majority): fact that respondent encouraged or induced to attend party not sufficient to render it part of her employment - deputy president took incorrect approach to legal standard or criterion to be applied to determination of course of employment - course of employment depended on objective characterisation of employer’s requirements and expectations - appeal allowed.
Pioneer (I G)
|Papantoniou v Brown (No 2)  NSWCA 220
Court of Appeal of New South Wales
Beazley P, Macfarlan JA & Sackville AJA
Costs - Court allowed appeal and dismissed first and third cross-claims - appellant sought that respondents pay her costs of first, second and third cross-claims as from 9 May 2011 on indemnity basis and otherwise on ordinary basis, and pay her costs of appeal on ordinary basis - claim for indemnity costs based on offer of settlement - held: on its face offer seemed to give respondents better result than they obtained - however offer contemplated that most of money would be paid by monthly instalments over period of three years - no interest to be payable and offer did not incorporate agreement to submit to judgment for amount offered - in circumstances and in absence of offer to provide security for agreement to pay by instalments, not unreasonable for respondents to reject offer - indemnity costs refused - orders made.
Papantoniou (I B)
|Charitou v The Owners of Strata Plan 10394  NSWSC 1059
Supreme Court of New South Wales
Contract - plaintiff sought declarations that deed executed by plaintiff and defendant was of no force and effect - plaintiff also sought orders that defendant execute a deed in the form annexed to motion - sufficiency of evidence for common, mutual or unilateral mistake - held: Court not satisfied it should make declarations on the basis of doctrines of common mistake, mutual mistake or unilateral mistake - motion dismissed.
|Illawarra Retirement Trust v Denham Constructions Pty Ltd (No.2)  NSWSC 1032
Supreme Court of New South Wales
Costs - plaintiff’s summons dismissed - plaintiff sought that each party pay its own costs or order for indemnity costs - defendant sought that plaintiff pay its costs from certain date - held: after commencement of proceedings defendant had made concessions which narrowed issues - defendant successful on the remaining issues - defendant had made offer to plaintiff which was not accepted - plaintiff was well justified in commencing proceedings - Court concluded that in all circumstances most appropriate order was that each party bear own costs of proceedings in reflection of Court’s view that both parties had achieved a roughly equivalent degree of success and there was no conduct that seemed to warrant making award of indemnity costs.
Illawarra (I C)
|Re Thomson  VSC 370
Supreme Court of Victoria
Evidence - trusts and trustees - superannuation find created by deed (1986 Deed) updated by supplementary deed (1990 Deed) which was apparently lost - deed then updated (2000 Deed) - only copy of 2000 Deed in plaintiff’s possession was unsigned - plaintiff was executor of the deceased’s estate - plaintiff sought that 2000 Deed be declared operative deed of fund or that 1986 Deed be declared operative deed - plaintiff also sought that property of fund be vested in plaintiff and that fund be wound up with associated costs to come out of deceased’s estate - held: Court held that the presumption of regularity ought be applied to render 2000 Deed operative - circumstances were unusual and specific enough that no general policy concerns prevented presumption’s application - application of test in Kingham v Sutton  FCA 506 supported conclusion that presumption ought to be applied - if validity of 2000 Deed were not established then reliance on 1986 Deed would most probably lead to same result - application of presumption would remove need for plaintiff to re-assess financial materials while achieving very same outcome - orders made.
|BRB Modular Pty Ltd v AWX Constructions Pty Ltd  QSC 218
Supreme Court of Queensland
Security of payments - applicant and first respondent were parties to a construction contract - applicant claimed first respondent’s payment claim not made from valid reference date - adjudicator decided contract provided for working out of reference date and that by application of s99 Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld) the contractual precondition did not affect a reference date arising for purpose of making payment claim - applicant sought to quash decision on basis no reference date for making of payment claim under the Act arose - contractual precondition to reference date arising under contract was provision of statutory declaration - precondition not complied with by first respondent - held: applicant’s argument that no reference date for making of payment claim arose due to non-compliance with precondition not established - contractual provision impeded the objects of the Act - application dismissed.