Divorce-linked defamation aggravated by Google/Twitter deal

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NEWS of a new deal between Twitter and Google to make Twitter’s 140-character updates more searchable may heighten the risks of defamation proceedings arising out of family law disputes, according to a leading Sydney-based law firm. Under the deal, which was announced on 5 February 2015, tweets will soon be visible in Google’s search results as soon as they are posted…. Read more »

Financial Storm looms over property industry

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ONE of Australia’s leading litigators has warned that property schemes promising up to 25 per cent returns for investors could be the next Storm Financial if their assurances are not adequately secured. Stewart Levitt of Sydney-based law firm Levitt Robinson Solicitors, who has recovered more than $100 million in compensation for consumers in cases arising… Read more »

Dodgy “search engine optimisers” may face multi-million dollar lawsuits

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Search engine optimisers are increasingly copping flak from their clients whose websites have been penalised by Google as a result of poor search engine optimisation (SEO) work. In a dramatic shift in the internet landscape, search engine conglomerates like Google have pitted themselves against the SEO industry. Before the commercialisation of the Internet, creating brand awareness relied… Read more »

Class action against ASIC attracts media attention

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The groundbreaking class action lawsuit launched by Levitt Robinson against Australia’s corporate regulator, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), has been attracting some media attention. The claim alleges that ASIC committed the tort of “misfeasance in public office”, and was otherwise negligent, in its conduct of investigations into disgraced financial planning firm Storm Financial…. Read more »