Legal matters



Uber and Airbnb to face Senate grilling over “aggressive” tax minimisation practises

11:43AM | Wednesday, 18 November 2015 | Broede Carmondy

Uber and Airbnb will take the stand at the Senate inquiry into corporate tax avoidance today in Sydney as part of the global push to boost transparency and crack down on profit shifting.

Uber vs inspectors, it’s a win by a block-out

10:32AM | Thursday, 15 October 2015 | Denham Sadler

The Queensland government has been “thwarted” in its attempts to fine Uber drivers because its inspectors are continually being blocked from the ride-sharing app.

Green light: Canberra is Uber cool with ride-sharing

9:28AM | Wednesday, 30 September 2015 | Denham Sadler

Canberra has become the first jurisdiction in Australia to formally legalise ride-sharing app Uber before its launch next month.

State crackdown sees 40 Uber drivers off the road

9:24AM | Tuesday, 29 September 2015 | Denham Sadler

The NSW government has stepped up its fight against ride-sharing service Uber, suspending the licences of 40 UberX drivers.

Uber loses another round in fight to not be seen as employer

9:35AM | Monday, 14 September 2015 | Denham Sadler

Uber has suffered another in a string of legal setbacks, with a California agency ruling that a driver was an employee of the company, rather than an independent contractor.

Egg lobby tries to fry Hampton Creek

9:58PM | Monday, 7 September 2015 | Denham Sadler

Government officials and an egg lobby group have teamed up to try to scramble a Silicon Valley food startup that offers a plant-based egg alternative.

Gold Coast woman injured after allegedly being assaulted by Uber driver

9:16AM | Monday, 7 September 2015 | Denham Sadler

A 24-year-old Queensland woman has been left with a suspected broken leg and blood clot after allegedly being attacked by her Uber driver on Friday.

Men’s rights activists use 1950s law to destroy ‘women in tech’ groups

9:44AM | Friday, 4 September 2015 | Denham Sadler

Men’s rights activists are using an anti-discrimination law from the 1950s to shut down organisations and events aiming to promote women in tech.

Spotify attempts to clear up privacy policy

9:26AM | Friday, 4 September 2015 | Denham Sadler

After causing a furore last month by updating its privacy policy to include a whole host of data collection, Spotify has reworked the policy so it can be understood in simple terms.

How telling its drivers to shower could be a big problem for Uber

9:38AM | Thursday, 3 September 2015 | Denham Sadler

Uber’s basic training for its drivers, which includes telling them to not “forget to shower”, have proven to be pivotal points in a landmark lawsuit.

Spotify says sorry over privacy ‘confusion’

8:30AM | Monday, 24 August 2015 | Denham Sadler

In a blog post titled “SORRY.” Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has addressed the “confusion” caused by last week’s new privacy policy and clarified what data the music streaming app will and won’t access.

Murderer slipped through Uber background checks, lawyers say

8:43AM | Friday, 21 August 2015 | Denham Sadler

Background checks failed to detect multiple Uber drivers with criminal convictions, including a convicted murderer, prosecutors in California claim.

Judge blocks Voltage Pictures from sending "dead cats" to Dallas Buyers Club downloaders

8:10PM | Monday, 17 August 2015 | David Glance

In a spectacular setback for Voltage Pictures and Dallas Buyers Club LLC, Justice Nye Perram today denied them permission to send letters to people they were accusing of having downloaded the movie Dallas Buyers Club illegaly.

Copyright holders have Periscope in their sights

8:49AM | Monday, 17 August 2015 | Denham Sadler

Twitter’s live streaming app Periscope is under increasing threat from copyright holders, with takedown notices becoming more common since its launch.

Major police operation takes place at Geelong startup incubator and co-working space

7:37PM | Wednesday, 15 July 2015 | Denham Sadler

About 15-20 police officers arrived at the Startup Cloud co-working space at about 10.30am Wednesday, and police were still at the premises in the afternoon.

Contractors or employees? Californian ruling shows how Uber and other startups tread a thin line

6:52PM | Thursday, 18 June 2015 | Broede Carmody

The Californian employer watchdog has determined that an Uber driver should be classified as an employee, not an independent contractor, and therefore entitled to reimbursements. pays $2 million in legal dispute: "We could f-ck you over if we wanted"

5:27PM | Monday, 25 May 2015 | Cara Waters

The founders of, owned by AussieCommerce, have settled a legal dispute with a former employee who made accusations of misleading and deceptive conduct.

RealAs receives second defamation threat as Shark Tank judge's company disputes claims

5:48PM | Thursday, 21 May 2015 | Kirsten Robb

RealAs has received a second defamation threat over the property startup’s claims it can show which agents are inaccurately quoting house prices.

Aussie VCs to standardise their legal documents to make it easier and cheaper for startups to access seed capital

5:33PM | Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | Broede Carmody

Several Australian venture capital funds have come together to standardise their legal documents and make them publicly available in order to make it easier for startups to access early-stage funding.

The EC’s case against Google is a bad application of outdated laws

4:55PM | Monday, 20 April 2015 | David Glance

Law and trade policy operate on timescales that are always going to significantly lag technological change.