Catchwords: TORTS — negligence — liability — prison authority — where respondent victim of prison assault causing serious injury — where prison authority informed of threat — whether failure to segregate and arrange for transfer breach of duty of care — consideration of powers to order segregated custody under the Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Act 1999 (NSW) ...

Catchwords: PATENTS – construction – whether the primary judge failed to construe the claim in the context of the specification as a whole – meaning of “formed from sheet material” – infringement – meaning of “sheet” – construction and infringement grounds of appeal dismissed PATENTS – award of additional damages – exercise of discretion under s 122(1A) of the Patents Act 1990 (Cth) – threshold for “flagrant” infringement – existence of a reasonably arguable defence to infringement – requirement to consider all other relevant matters contemplated by s 122(1A) – appeal allowed in part ...

Catchwords: COURT OF DISPUTED RETURNS – electoral petitions filed – s 329(1) of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Cth) – whether corflutes used likely to mislead or deceive an elector in relation to the casting of a vote – s 362(3) of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Cth) – whether Court satisfied that the result of the election was likely to be affected STATUTORY INTERPRETATION – meaning of “likely to mislead or deceive” – “an elector” – “in relation to the casting of a vote” – “cause, permit or authorize” – “the result of the election was likely to be affected” ...

Catchwords: COSTS – where six appeals involving common substratum of fact were heard together and later dismissed, save for partial success by one appellant – whether a lump sum costs order should be made in favour of certain respondents – whether and how liability for the lump sum amount should be apportioned between the appellants – consideration of the overarching purpose in ss 37M and 37N of the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 (Cth) – lump sum costs orders made and apportioned by way of percentage breakup with quantification of lump sum amount to be determined by a single judge ...

Catchwords: ADMINISTRATIVE LAW - appeal from decision of the Federal Circuit Court quashing decision of a delegate of the Secretary relating to the payment of child care benefits - where respondent was a provider of child care services - consideration of the provisions of the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 (Cth) and the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 (Cth) - where delegate found that there was no genuine liability to pay as required under s 43(1)(c) of the Act - where delegate calculated a zero rate and nil amount in fee reduction - whether delegate was required to consider the actual arrangements made by the provider with the eligible individuals - whether primary judge erred in finding that the delegate failed to undertake the statutory task in failing to consider a mandatory relevant consideration - whether primary judge erred in finding that the delegate's decision was unreasonable - where primary judge erred in undertaking the task entrusted to the delegate on review - appeal allowed ...

Catchwords: WORKERS’ COMPENSATION – Entitlement to lump sum compensation – Causal relation between injury and incapacity - The extent to which the first respondent’s present permanent impairment is the result of the first injury as distinct from the second injury. ADMINISTRATIVE LAW – Jurisdictional error or error of law on the face of the record – Whether the Appeal Panel of the Workers Compensation Commission of NSW in certifying that the percentage whole person impairment of the first respondent as a result of the first injury was 6% committed jurisdictional error or an error of law on the face of the record. ...

Catchwords: LIMITATION OF ACTIONS – Discoverability – Personal injury – Knowledge of fault of defendant – Whether “fault” for the purposes of Limitation Act 1969 (NSW), s 50D(1)(b) can be known without the assistance of legal advice in relation to what may constitute a breach of duty and what may amount to a causal link between the breach of duty and the injury – Knowledge of fact as opposed to “belief” of fact – Time to assess knowledge of fact. ...

Catchwords: COSTS – party/party – appeals – court’s discretion – where appellant filed a submitting appearance and did not cause or contribute to the first respondent’s costs in the proceedings below – where appellant did not cause the errors the subject of the proceedings below – where the proceedings below could not be resolved by consent – whether failure by primary judge to take into account considerations relevant to the costs discretion – order as to costs set aside COSTS – appeals – Suitors’ Fund – whether decision of claims assessor under the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999 (NSW) is a decision of a “court or tribunal” for the purposes of the Suitors’ Fund Act 1951 (NSW) – whether judicial review pursuant to s 69 of the Supreme Court Act 1970 (NSW) constitutes “an appeal” for the purposes of s 6 of the Suitors’ Fund Act ...