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Jones v Dunkel [1959] HCA 8 | 3 March 1959

ON THIS DAY IN 1959, the High Court delivered Jones v Dunkel [1959] HCA 8; (1959) 101 CLR 298 (3 March 1959).

http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/HCA/1959/8.html

The unexplained failure of a party to use certain evidence may, in some circumstances, result in an inference that the evidence would not have assisted their case.

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New Alcohol Interlock Laws

From 1 FEBRUARY 2015, new drink driving laws come into effect. It will be mandatory for courts to order drivers convicted of high range, repeat and other serious drink driving offences with a minimum license disqualification and a minimum 12 month participation in the alcohol interlock program.

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New Alcohol Interlock Laws

From 1 FEBRUARY 2015, new drink driving laws come into effect. It will be mandatory for courts to order drivers convicted of high range, repeat and other serious drink driving offences with a minimum license disqualification and a minimum 12 month participation in the alcohol interlock program.

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Home Building Compensation Fund (HBCF)

The Home Building Act 1989 has been amended so that from 15 January 2015 the Home Warranty Insurance Fund has been renamed the Home Building Compensation Fund (HBCF). A new register of certificates issued and claims made can be accessed by visiting hbcf.nsw.gov.au.

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Overseas Tankship (U.K.) Ltd v Morts Dock & Engineering Company Ltd (“Wagon Mound No 1”) [1961] UKPC 1 | 18 January 1961

ON 18 January 1961, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council delivered Overseas Tankship (U.K.) Ltd v Morts Dock & Engineering Company Ltd (“Wagon Mound No 1”) [1961] UKPC 1 (18 January 1961)

http://www.bailii.org/uk/cases/UKPC/1961/1.html

In cases of negligence, the defendant is not liable for damage just because it was a direct result of a negligent act. The Privy Council ruled that the “essential factor in determining liability is whether the damage is of such a kind as the reasonable man should have foreseen” (at 426).

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Queensland v J L Holdings Pty Ltd [1997] HCA 1 | 14 JANUARY 1997

ON 14 JANUARY 1997, the High Court of Australia delivered Queensland v J L Holdings Pty Ltd [1997] HCA 1; (1997) 189 CLR 146; (1997) 141 ALR 353; (1997) 71 ALJR 294 (14 January 1997).

http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/HCA/1997/1.html

Per Dawson, Gaudron and McHugh JJ (at 154):

“Case management is not an end in itself. It is an important and useful aid for ensuring the prompt and efficient disposal of litigation. But it ought always to be borne in mind, even in changing times, that the ultimate aim of the court is the attainment of justice and no principle of case management can be allowed to supplant that aim.”

The decision has since been used as an authority for the propositions that (1) doing justice between the parties is paramount to the court’s use of discretion when determining an application for leave to amend (2) case management principles should not limit a court’s discretion when considering such applications and (3) an application for leave to amend should be approached on the basis that a party is entitled to raise an arguable claim subject to payment of costs by way of compensation.  Since the High Court’s 2007 decision in Aon Risk Services Australia Limited v Australian National University [2009] HCA 27 http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/HCA/2009/27.html, JL Holdings no longer is authority for propositions (2) and (3).

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Nader v General Motors Corporation 25 NY2d 560, 255 NE2d 647, 307 NYS2d 647, 1970 NY | 8 January 1970

ON THIS DAY IN 1970, the Court of Appeals of New York delivered Nader v General Motors Corporation 25 NY2d 560, 255 NE2d 647, 307 NYS2d 647, 1970 NY.

http://h2o.law.harvard.edu/cases/109

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R v Toohey; Ex parte Northern Land Council [1981] HCA 74 | 24 December 1981

ON 24 DECEMBER 1981, the High Court of Australia delivered R v Toohey; Ex parte Northern Land Council [1981] HCA 74; (1981) 151 CLR 170 (24 December 1981).

Delegated legislation of the Governor in Council is invalid if made for an improper purpose, namely, a purpose which is not within the scope of the empowering legislation, even if it appears valid on its face. The Crown and its agents are not immune from challenge when acting not in good faith or for ulterior purpose.

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Wik Peoples v Queensland (“Pastoral Leases case”) [1996] HCA 40 | 23 December 1996

ON THIS DAY in 1996, the High Court of Australia delivered Wik Peoples v Queensland (“Pastoral Leases case”) [1996] HCA 40; (1996) 187 CLR 1; (1996) 141 ALR 129; (1996) 71 ALJR 173 (23 December 1996).

http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/HCA/1996/40.html

  • Rights and obligations under pastoral leases are conferred by statute and do not necessarily extinguish native title nor confer exclusive possession to the lessees.
  • It is possible that pastoral leases and native title might co-exist.
  • In the event of an inconsistency between the two, the rights under the pastoral lease prevail over the native title rights.

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Luna Park (NSW) Ltd v Tramways Advertising Pty Ltd [1938] HCA 66 | 23 December 1938

ON 23 DECEMBER 1938, the High Court of Australia delivered Luna Park (NSW) Ltd v Tramways Advertising Pty Ltd [1938] HCA 66; (1938) 61 CLR 286 (23 December 1938).

http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/HCA/1938/66.html

Only nominal damages should be awarded when a breach of contract causes no identifiable loss. The right to nominal damages follows as “a matter of course”.

A term of a contract will be regarded as a condition if it goes to the very substance of the contract.

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