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    CASE(S) OF THE WEEK

  • TUN DR MAHATHIR MOHAMAD & ORS v. DATUK SERI MOHD NAJIB TUN HJ ABDUL RAZAK (NO 2) [2017] 8 CLJ 350
    HIGH COURT MALAYA, KUALA LUMPUR
    ABU BAKAR JAIS J
    [SUIT NO: WA22NCVC-181-03-2016]
    28 APRIL 2017

    CIVIL PROCEDURE: Pleadings – Striking out – Statement of claim – Declaratory relief – Allegations of financial improprieties against Prime Minister – Misfeasance and breach of fiduciaries in public office – Failure to prove Prime Minister a 'public officer' holding 'public office' – Whether fatal – Whether action frivolous and vexatious and abuse of court process – Whether ought to be struck out – Rules of Court 2012 O. 18 r. 19(1)(a), (b), (c) & (d)

    TORT: Misfeasance in public office – Breach of fiduciaries in public office – Ingredients and proof – Tortuous allegations made against Prime Minister – Whether Prime Minister a 'public officer' holding 'public office' – Constitutional provisions – Whether Prime Minister in 'public service' – Whether 'a member of the administration' – Interpretation Acts 1948 & 1967 s. 3 – Federal Constitution arts. 132, 160

    WORDS & PHRASES: 'Public office' – 'Public officer' – Whether Prime Minister is a 'public officer' holding 'public office' – Interpretation Acts 1948 & 1967 ss. 3, 8 – Federal Constitution arts. 132, 160

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  • ARTICLE HIGHLIGHT

    Singapore court rules on apparent bias in construction adjudication

    SINGAPORE
    Arbitration

    Adjudicators should disclose in full anything that might create apparent bias
    ANALYSIS: A recent case before the Singapore High Court rejected a complaint of apparent bias against an adjudicator. The ruling suggests that adjudicators should disclose anything which might create a case of apparent bias, and disclosure should be made in full. Many adjudicators are also practitioners at the construction bar and deal with many members of the construction industry during their practice. It is therefore not surprising for adjudicators to have had dealings with the parties who come before them, in what can create fertile conditions for allegations of bias.

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  • Four year restraint found to be reasonable after sale of employee shares

    AUSTRALIA
    Employment
    Four-year restraint period on employee was reasonable
    In the recent decision of Southern Cross Computer Systems Pty Ltd v Palmer (No 2) [2017] VSC 460, the Victorian Supreme Court stopped an IT specialist (the employee) from working for a competitor after it found a four year restraint period imposed on the employee to be reasonable. To sell his 40% shareholding in the company – Southern Cross Computer Systems (Southern Cross) – the employee had entered into a sale agreement which included the restraint clause in question. After some dispute as to the interpretation and scope of the restraint clause, McDonald J found that it afforded no more than reasonable protection of the purchaser’s goodwill in the business attributable to the shareholding. This article will examine how the Court construed the clause in the context of the sale agreement and how the four year restraint period was found to be reasonable.

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  • Protecting confidential information from digital thieves

    Australia
    Intellectual property

    Former DXC employee prevented from disclosing or using information copied to USBs
    The digital age has made it easier than ever for departing employees to “steal” important information from their (soon to be ex) employer. The nefarious USB allows employees to siphon off terabytes of digital records, including financial statistics, client details, and prices. The New South Wales Supreme Court recently granted an interlocutory injunction against a former employee of DXC Connect (DXC), a provider of information communication technology services. The former employee, armed with an armada of USBs, jumped ship to a market rival, taking with him sensitive information he downloaded from work computers.

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  • Oh me oh my, "MI" is not "I" - "MI PAD" and "IPAD" are not similar

    SINGAPORE
    Intellectual property
    Xiaomi's 'MI PAD' and Apple 'IPAD' not similar
    Xiaomi's "MI PAD" trade mark can be registered, says the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) following an unsuccessful opposition by Apple Inc. Underpinning the decision is the Principal Assistant Registrar's (PAR) finding that the parties' respective marks, "MI PAD" and "IPAD", were not similar.

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  • Related entities and failure to prevent insolvent trading – go to the back of the line

    AUSTRALIA
    Insolvency
    Guidance for liquidators attempting to recover amounts from directors of insolvent company
    The appellants, Mr and Mrs Perrine, were directors and shareholders of Perrine Architecture Pty Ltd (Perrine Architecture). Perrine Architecture owned approximately 79% of the shares in Perrinepod Pty Ltd (Perrinepod), of which the appellants were also directors. The respondent liquidator, Mr Carrello (Liquidator) was appointed as liquidator of Perrinepod on 1 March 2012.

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  • Worker wins $8000 in compensation after being dismissed for admitting birthday drinks left her unable to work

    AUSTRALIA
    Employment
    Reinstatement of employee not appropriate, employer to pay A$8,230 in compensation
    Salmon producer Tassal has been ordered to pay a former employee $8200 in compensation after the company fired her for calling in sick on the afternoon of ANZAC Day this year, admitting she had “over indulged” and would not be coming to work the next day. The staff member worked in a processing role for Tassal between August 2012 and her dismissal in May 2017.

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  • Database rights can subsist in PDFs, rules High Court

    UK
    Intellectual property

    PDF version of document can constitute database
    David Stone, sitting as a deputy High Court judge, was considering the issue of whether a PDF could be classed as a database under the EU's Database Directive in a case concerning a dispute between a medical technology supplier and a health provider and another supplier. Stone determined that Bluecrest Health Screening (Bluecrest) and Express Diagnostic (Express) infringed database rights and copyright owned by Technomed in health screening reports produced for Bluecrest customers.

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  • How Top U.S. Law Firms Get Away With Paying Women Less

    US
    Legal profession

    Uptick in lawyer gender-bias cases reflects broadly felt frustration
    In January 2014, the law firm Chadbourne & Parke hired Kerrie Campbell to work in its Washington office. After 27 years in the business, she’d finally reached the pinnacle of private law practice: partnership at a top-tier firm—a century-old stalwart of the elite New York bar. In a press release, Chadbourne said, “We are thrilled to welcome her.”

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