A farm owner retained a truck driver to collect sheep in Queensland and drive them to a far north western New South Wales property of about 60,000 acres that he owned. The truck driver was a self-employed independent contractor.
When the truck driver arrived at the property, he got out of his prime mover and spoke to an employee of the farmer about where to unload the sheep. The employee had the farmer’s authority to direct the truck driver where the sheep were to be unloaded.
Man cuts off neighbour’s finger with hedge clippers – was he guilty of recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm? Which case won?
On a balmy afternoon on new year’s eve, in one of Sydney’s most exclusive suburbs, well away from the anticipated rowdiness of the city, down a very long concrete driveway that leads to his battle-axe block home, an elderly man is clipping the shrubbery that divides the driveway from the home that fronts the street.
Inside that home, an equally elderly couple are going about dinner preparations in different areas of the house, having had a couple of glasses of wine as they recalled significant events of the passing year. Upstairs, with a view of the driveway and hedge, is an adult son, just about to start a computer game.
A few minutes later the woman in the house has lost a finger and police are called en masse to the address.
A woman died in July 2022, aged 95 years. She left behind three sons and a will which divided her estate equally between them. Two of the sons were named as executors of the estate.
In December 2022, the court granted probate of the woman’s will to the two executor brothers.
As is customary, the front sheet of the probate document named the two executors and stated the complete residential address of each of them.
A case heard in the Federal Court in 2013 concerned a registered design belonging to a manufacturer of steel fencing panel sheets used in backyard fencing.
The manufacturer, Gram Engineering, had ridden the boom in home swimming pool construction and the do-it-yourself backyard improvement wave by developing a product that was superior to other types of steel fencing on the market at that time.
The GramLine fencing sheets had a sawtooth or zig-zag profile with six pans or modules per sheet. The particular advantage of GramLine fencing sheets was that they looked the same from both sides, so there was no “good side” or “bad side”, as was the case with existing products on the market.
A case heard in the NSW Supreme Court in 2015 concerned a Sydney woman who suffered a mishap in 2012 during a flight to Europe. A flight attendant accidentally spilt hot tea on the passenger, causing her to jump up and twist sharply, sustaining a spinal injury.
The passenger sued the airline for damages, claiming that the incident caused her to sustain a severe back injury, requiring surgery for disc protrusion in her lower spine and leaving her with significant ongoing pain and disability.
In 2015, a very unusual murder trial was heard in the Victorian Supreme Court. The events unfolded when two men got into a fight and struggled over a gun. The gun went off and one of the men was shot in the head. The survivor claimed that that shot was fired by accident.
The victim collapsed on the floor and the surviving man saw the body twitch and jerk. The record of the police interview with the surviving man sets out what happened next.
Q: All right. And what happened after that?
A: Well, I couldn’t – I didn’t know what to do so – yeah, I didn’t want the bloke suffering so I shot him again, yeah, ’cause he wasn’t dead. Yeah.
Q: And so what happened then?
A: I don’t know. I went and looked at his room and found some more bullets, and I shot him again, yeah, to stop him from suffering.
Q: Yeah. So when you shot him that second time you said that that was so that he wouldn’t suffer.
A: ’Cause I wasn’t sure if he was alive or dead.
“The council should have told me about the stormwater pipe that floods my property before I bought it.” Which case won?
A Sydney property was bought in 1989. The buyer was unaware of a stormwater pipe that ran under the property.
The pipe was owned by the local council and had been in existence since about 1904. It had significantly deteriorated over time and had become blocked.
During heavy rainfall, the pipe was no longer effective to drain stormwater from the street. The backed-up water would pool until it inundated the property.
Ambush marketing is the practice by which a company attempts to associate its products or services with an event without paying to become an official sponsor of that event. Businesses sometimes do this as a way to get more customers while at the same time saving money on the cost of sponsorship.
This happened in 2016 when telco giant Telstra decided to associate itself with the Rio Olympic Games, presumably for the obvious marketing benefits of being linked to a universally popular and widely televised sporting event. Another factor in Telstra’s decision to take this course of action could have been that its arch-rival, Optus, was an official sponsor of the Olympic Games.