Legal matters



The 10 biggest issues facing start-ups in 2013: #5 Hiring and firing staff

5:47PM | Tuesday, 28 May 2013 | Gunilla Haglundh

In the latest of a 10-part series looking at the challenges start-ups face in 2013, we examine recruitment. Knowing how to hire staff or how to legally let them go is one of the big challenges businesses face.

Our product sucks: Dyson takes on Miele in legal stoush

5:08PM | Friday, 24 May 2013 | Cara Waters

Miele has had to amend some of its advertisements after being taken to the Advertising Claims Board by its competitor Dyson.

Melbourne gym ordered to stop ‘Superman Workout’ following legal battle with DC Comics

5:41PM | Thursday, 23 May 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

It’s not often a superhero makes an appearance in a Federal Court case, but Warner Brothers has won a legal battle against a Melbourne gym over the rights to the term ‘Superman Workout’.

Franchise review to introduce "good faith" provision into code

5:44PM | Monday, 20 May 2013 | Cara Waters

The long-awaited publication on Friday of the government’s review of the Franchising Code of Conduct has been welcomed by the franchising sector.

Aussies in the dark over cyber security: Seven top tips to follow

5:10PM | Monday, 20 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

PayPal has issued some top tips for sharing information safely online after a report revealed more than half of Australians are unsure how many websites hold their personal information.

A grinding battle is brewing, as original Coffee Guy fights Retail Food Group

5:03PM | Friday, 17 May 2013 | Cara Waters

A small business which has been trading as Coffee Guy since 2006 is now struggling against the might of the Retail Food Group and its introduction of The Coffee Guy brand in Australia.

Govt throws extra $7.8m at business names register – but will it fix the problems?

5:41PM | Thursday, 16 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A small business group is confident the additional $7.8 million allocated to the National Business Names Register in the 2013 federal budget will fix the problems businesses face with the regime, after the opposition voiced its concern.

Etsy defends T&Cs after shutting down merchant’s shop

5:44PM | Thursday, 16 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

US-based eCommerce website Etsy has defended its terms and conditions after one of its merchants claimed his shop was shut down amid suspicions his products weren’t handmade.

Start-ups issued warning over Australian Business Number crackdown

5:44AM | Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups could face fines in excess of $10,000 if they make false or misleading statements when applying for an Australian Business Number, after the tax office received special funding in the 2013 federal budget for a crackdown.

Start-ups in the dark over $6500 instant asset write-off

5:47PM | Monday, 13 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups are the least likely to know about the federal government’s $6500 instant asset write-off, according to a new MYOB report, which shows almost 40% aren’t aware of the tax perk.

New petition calls for computer-programming in primary schools

5:39PM | Monday, 13 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The National Computer Science School has encouraged entrepreneurs and “technology creators” to sign a petition supporting the introduction of computer-programming in Australian schools.

Kogan wins Supreme Court case against ispONE

5:51PM | Thursday, 2 May 2013 | Patrick Stafford

Tech retailer Kogan has won its case against ispONE, following several weeks of tense argument in the Victorian Supreme Court.

NSW start-up ditches Business Insider name following US legal stoush

4:14AM | Monday, 29 April 2013 | Oliver Milman

Business Insider Pty Ltd, based on the Central Coast of NSW, has rebranded itself as Business Ink following legal action lodged by New York-based The Business Insider Inc.

Adelaide pop-up shops’ future under a cloud

4:29PM | Wednesday, 24 April 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The fate of pop-up food vans in the Adelaide CBD looks uncertain amid claims from a city councillor that the “pop-up fad” has gone too far.

Your guide to 2013 Anzac Day trading rules and regulations

4:57PM | Tuesday, 23 April 2013 | Patrick Stafford

Are you confused about if or when you're allowed to trade this Anzac Day? If so, this state-by-state guide will help you out.

Five industries cashing in on Australia’s soaring divorce rate

4:50PM | Monday, 22 April 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The number of divorces in Australia increased by 8.7% over the past five years. Legal services, counselling and childcare are just a few of the industries cashing in on this trend.

Notify your customers of your Anzac Day trading hours

4:37PM | Monday, 22 April 2013 | Taskmaster

Public holiday trading hours are always confusing for business owners. However, it’s even worse for your customers.

Adelaide woman sues McDonald's over a hot coffee: Insurance concerns raised

4:04PM | Monday, 22 April 2013 | Patrick Stafford

McDonald’s has been burnt by yet another coffee drinker, with an Adelaide woman suing the fast food giant. Here’s how to make sure this doesn’t happen to your busienss.

Start-up brewer Thunder Road battles CUB over long-lost beer brands

4:22PM | Tuesday, 16 April 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Boutique brewer Thunder Road Brewing Company has gone head to head with Carlton & United Breweries in a David and Goliath-style legal battle over the trademark of more than 50 mothballed beer brands.

Legal basics for start-ups: What to do when you want to sell

4:39PM | Friday, 12 April 2013 | Lachlan McKnight

Are you looking to sell your business? If so, there are some important legal questions you must consider.