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  • GK LAND SDN BHD v. MEGA 3 HOUSING SDN BHD & ANOR AND ANOTHER APPEAL [2017] 7 CLJ 1
    COURT OF APPEAL, PUTRAJAYA
    ALIZATUL KHAIR OSMAN JCA; LIM YEE LAN JCA; NALLINI PATHMANATHAN JCA
    [CIVIL APPEALS NO: C-01(NCVC)(W)-184-06-2014 & C-01(NCVC)(W)-185-06-2014]
    21 FEBRUARY 2017

    CONTRACT: Agreement – Joint venture agreement – Construction of clause in agreement – Approved layout plan delineated areas as public utility land – Whether public utility land should be surrendered to State as State land – Whether acceptance of quit rent by State Government an acknowledgement of registered proprietor's ownership of land

    LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Local authority – Duties of local authority – Approval for development project – Sub-division of master land – Inclusion of lands to be used for public purpose – Whether local authority complied with direction of Jawatankuasa Pembangunan Tanah dan Kewangan in specifying area for public utility

    STATUTORY INTERPRETATION: Construction of statute – Interpretation – Town and Country Planning Act 1976, s. 2 – Functions of State Planning Committee – Approval for development project – Inclusion of 'kawasan (gerai)' as example of land to be used for public purpose – Whether within meaning of 'open space' in s. 2

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  • ARTICLE HIGHLIGHT

    Whistleblowing: Court of Appeal sheds light on public interest test

    UK
    Employment
    CoA's wide interpretation of 'public interest' test good news for whistleblowers, not so good for employers
    Chesterton Global Ltd (t/a Chestertons) and another v Nurmohamed and another [2017] EWCA Civ 979 is the first case to go before the Court of Appeal for a view on the 'public interest' test. In order to be protected against detriment or dismissal a worker must have made a qualifying disclosure, which means any disclosure of information that, in the reasonable belief of the worker making the disclosure, is made in the public interest and tends to show one or more of the following...

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  • When Can the Director of a Corporation Be Held Personally Liable for Oppression?

    CANADA
    Company law
    Circumstances in which director can be held personally liable for oppressive conduct
    Oppression is a broad and equitable remedy. It allows Courts to rectify unfair or prejudicial behaviour on the part of corporate stakeholders. While most Canadian case law is devoted to the issue of what amounts to oppression, a new decision of the Supreme Court of Canada, Wilson v. Alharayeri , 2017 SCC 39, clarifies the circumstances in which a director can be held personally liable for oppressive conduct. Wilson emphasizes that the test for personal liability for oppression is fluid and contextual.

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  • Formal written warnings not always required to prove dismissal fair

    AUSTRALIA
    Employment
    Employers need not formally warn employees about unsatisfactory performance
    In a recent unfair dismissal claim heard at the Fair Work Commission, an employer came under fire for their lack of formal warnings and file notes regarding a dismissed underperforming employee. However, employers can breathe a sigh of relief as the Commission found that employers need not formally warn employees about unsatisfactory performance. Rather, evidence of a performance improvement plan, informal mentoring and general discussions about the dissatisfaction with the employee’s performance, was enough to warrant as warning to the employee.

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  • Canada's top court rules Google must block some results worldwide

    CANADA
    Intellectual property
    Supreme Court rules 7-2 Canadian courts can force Google to remove results worldwide
    Canadian courts can force internet search leader Google to remove results worldwide, the country's top court ruled on Wednesday, drawing criticism from civil liberties groups arguing such a move sets a precedent for censorship on the internet. In its 7-2 decision, Canada's Supreme Court found that a court in the country can grant an injunction preventing conduct anywhere in the world when it is necessary to ensure the injunction's effectiveness.

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  • No Free Accidents: Supreme Court of Canada Upholds Termination of Drug Dependent Employee

    CANADA
    Employment
    Termination of employee involved in workplace incident while under influence of drugs
    On June 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada in Stewart v Elk Valley Coal Corp.1 ("Elk Valley") confronted the "uneasy fit of drug addiction and drug testing policies in the human rights arena"2. Elk Valley addresses an employer's decision to terminate an employee involved in a workplace incident while under the influence of drugs and the employee's allegation that his termination constituted unlawful discrimination under Alberta's human rights legislation.

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  • What's in a Name? When Profit Sharing "Insurance" is not Insurance under the Insurance Act

    CANADA
    Insurance
    Option to lock-in broker's profit share does not constitute insurance
    In a recent trial win for McMillan, the Ontario Superior Court in Victess Capital Corp. v. Intact Insurance Co.1 rendered a decision that sheds light on the definition of insurance under Section 1 of the Insurance Act (the “Act”). The decision confirms that an option to lock-in a broker’s profit share does not constitute insurance under the Act, notwithstanding that the insurer may explicitly refer to the program as profit share “insurance”.

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  • A reminder why certainty in contracts is so important

    AUSTRALIA
    Construction
    Important implications for interpretation of renewal clauses
    In the recent New South Wales Court of Appeal decision Port Macquarie-Hasting Council v Diveva, the Court considered the contractual interpretation of a renewal clause. The clause was phrased in general terms and did not specify by whom the clause was exercisable. This case has important implications for the interpretation of renewal clauses which you should be aware of when drafting or entering into contracts.

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  • Why Everyone's Talking About Dana Gas's Sukuk

    MIDDLE EAST
    Islamic finance
    Dana Gas' decision to declare Sukuk invalid sends shivers through industry
    A decision by a Middle Eastern gas producer to declare its own Shariah-compliant bonds unlawful has baffled investors in the $2 trillion Islamic finance industry. Sharjah-based Dana Gas PJSC said Tuesday it no longer considered its two Islamic bonds totaling $700 million issued four years ago as Shariah compliant under the United Arab Emirates’ law. A court in Sharjah has since barred bondholders from taking any action against the company’s securities until it reviews Dana Gas’s application to declare its debt “unlawful and unenforceable.”

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