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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.

Deals.com.au 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 Deals.com.au, 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The EC’s case against Google is a bad application of outdated laws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.

How much will Australia's Dallas Buyers Club pirates have to pay?

4:49PM | Monday, 20 April 2015 | Marc C-Scott

Nearly 5000 Australians are expected to receive letters in the near future asking them some pointed questions about their online downloading habits, specifically relating to the film Dallas Buyers Club.

Disclaimer: I can say what I want!

4:08PM | Tuesday, 14 April 2015 | Vanessa Emilio

Some people believe by posting a ‘disclaimer’, they can then say what they like and are absolved of any legal liability. But is this really the case?

Uber chief hits back at work safety claims: Will letting your employees use UberX find you in hot water?

4:25PM | Monday, 13 April 2015 | Kirsten Robb

Letting your employees catch an UberX ride instead of a taxi home after a work function could breach your duty of care and could potentially open you up to criminal penalties, workplace lawyers Holding Redlich have warned.

From convicts to pirates: Australia's dubious legacy of illegal downloading

4:01PM | Monday, 13 April 2015 | Marc C-Scott

The main reasons Australians give for pirating content are cost and availability. Yet despite the many years of discussion, it still continues.

Can you fire staff for what they post on Facebook?

4:20PM | Thursday, 9 April 2015 | Vanessa Emilio

South Sydney Rabbitohs hooker Issac Luke has been under investigation this week for a homophobic slur he made on social media. Despite it being taken down quickly, the NRL has a legal right to discipline him.

Ellen Pao’s failed discrimination suit ‘shines a light’ on gender inequality

3:42PM | Monday, 30 March 2015 | Broede Carmody

Venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins has won a three year legal battle against a former employee who claimed she was discriminated against because of her gender.

The sexual harassment case that rocked Silicon Valley

3:49PM | Monday, 30 March 2015 | Lucia Osborne-Crowley

A landmark lawsuit in the US has big implications for gender equality in the tech industry.

Aged care legislation opens up opportunity for reviews and comparison website

3:37PM | Thursday, 19 March 2015 | Kye White

Consumer review website Aged Care Reviews has raised $600,000 in funding as it banks on the Australian aged care market continuing to trend towards a user pays system.

Facebook in hot water for privacy

3:34PM | Thursday, 12 March 2015 | Vanessa Emilio

An EU task force comprised of data protection authorities was formed in February 2015 to look into Facebook’s new privacy policy. There is doubt about its legality.

Mobile app in the offing as Aussie online legal services startup raises $1.2 million in latest funding round

3:28PM | Tuesday, 3 March 2015 | Kye White

Online legal services startup LegalVision has raised $1.2 million in angel investment that will be used to expand its tech offering and step up marketing efforts.

Big fine for fine print: ACCC hits iiNet with more than $200,000 in fines

3:42PM | Tuesday, 3 March 2015 | Broede Carmody

Australia’s second-largest DSL internet provider has been hit with more than $200,000 in penalties for recent advertisements that the competition watchdog believes contravened Australian Consumer Law.

Advice or binding direction: What is the difference between an advisory board and a board of directors?

2:16PM | Monday, 23 February 2015 | Ursula Hogben

It is crucial to know the difference between directors and advisory board members, including the risks, duties and liabilities of each role.

ASIC issues stop order to Bitcoin Group over failure to produce a prospectus

2:00PM | Monday, 16 February 2015 | Kye White

ASIC has placed a stop order prohibiting Melbourne startup Bitcoin Group from publishing any statements concerning its intention to make an initial public offering until it lodges a prospectus.

Melbourne woman ‘harassed’ by UberX driver

2:55PM | Monday, 16 February 2015 | Broede Carmody

A 21-year-old Melbourne woman says she will think twice about using UberX after what she describes as a “concerning” experience with the ride-sharing service.

GST For online businesses: What is the Real Cost?

2:27PM | Tuesday, 3 February 2015 | Vanessa Emilio

The fight over online sales and taxes is now growing. Australian retailers face significant competition from online international retailers.

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