|Cook Building and Development Pty Ltd v Citicorp International Ltd (FCA) - pre-action discovery - prospective applicant granted leave to serve originating process and affidavits on prospective respondent in Hong Kong in People’s Republic of China
|Diploma Construction (WA) Pty Ltd v Best Bar Pty Ltd [No 2] (WASC) - contract - price increase - no breach of contract for supply of steel reinforcing bar - claims dismissed - counter-claim allowed
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|Cook Building and Development Pty Ltd v Citicorp International Ltd  FCA 703
Federal Court of Australia
Pre-action discovery - service - prospective applicant construction company sought leave to serve originating process and affidavits on prospective respondent in Hong Kong in People’s Republic of China - whether prima facie case for order for pre-action discovery - held: requirements of r10.43(3) Federal Court Rules 2011 satisfied - no readily available alternative means by which applicant could serve proceedings - leave granted pursuant to rr10.42 & 10.43 leave to serve originating process and affidavits on prospective respondent in People’s Republic of China in accordance with the Hague Convention
[From Benchmark Monday, 13 July 2015]
|Diploma Construction (WA) Pty Ltd v Best Bar Pty Ltd [No 2]  WASC 230
Supreme Court of Western Australia
Contract - plaintiff builder obtained steel reinforcing bar (rebar) for projects from defendant - defendant gave notice it was increasing price of rebar- plaintiff paid increased prices at least in part up to certain date - plaintiff gave notice to defendant of termination of two contracts on ground defendant breached them - plaintiff sought declarations contracts were for fixed price, that it validly terminated contracts for defendant’s repudiation, and damages - whether parties contracted on terms and conditions advanced by plaintiff which precluded increase in price during term of contract - whether to extent plaintiff paid increased prices it did so under duress - held: plaintiff failed to prove it contracted in terms alleged - claims for declarations, rescission and avoidance of contract, and for refund of overpayments failed - claim for duress also failed - plaintiff’s claim dismissed - counterclaim allowed.
[From Benchmark Wednesday, 15 July 2015]
Winter: A Dirge
By Robert Burns
The wintry west extends his blast,
And hail and rain does blaw;
Or, the stormy north sends driving forth
The blinding sleet and snaw:
While tumbling brown, the burn comes down,
And roars frae bank to brae;
And bird and beast in covert rest,
And pass the heartless day.
The sweeping blast, the sky o’ercast,
The joyless winter-day,
Let others fear, to me more dear
Than all the pride of May:
The tempest’s howl, it soothes my soul,
My griefs it seems to join;
The leafless trees my fancy please,
Their fate resembles mine!
Thou Pow’r Supreme, whose mighty scheme
These woes of mine fulfil,
Here, firm, I rest, they must be best,
Because they are Thy will!
Then all I want (O, do Thou grant
This one request of mine!)
Since to enjoy Thou dost deny,
Assist me to resign.