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Carving through the snow and landing in a lawsuit - NSW Supreme court considers skiing a ‘dangerous recreational activity’

Most of us would be aware of at least one or two celebrities killed or seriously injured in skiing accidents, such as Michael Schumacher and Sonny Bono.   But how dangerous is skiing really? Are these well known cases mere anomalies in an otherwise safe sport?   The Supreme Court recently grappled with a similar question, considering whether skiing is a “dangerous recreational activity” in light of statistical data which, arguably, suggested otherwise.  
  • 24 Mar 2021

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NSW Supreme Court reminds plaintiffs of requirements for claiming directly against liability insurers

In Count Financial Limited v Pillay[2021] NSWSC 99, Stevenson J of the Supreme Court of NSW examined whether leave under the Civil Liability (Third Party Claims Against Insurers) Act 2017 (theAct) should be granted to a plaintiff seeking to join an accountant’s professional indemnity insurer to proceedings.
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Footy player’s “spear tackle” negligence case gets a red card from the Court of Appeal

2020 has been a year of ”big hits” in the dangerous recreational activity space.   It has also been in a year in which our sportsmen have featured in the evening news, often for their off‑field behaviour.     The recent news that former England Rugby international, 42 year old Steven Thompson, has been diagnosed with early onset dementia, and is involved in a potential class action in relation to the repetitive head trauma he says gave rise to his condition; has sent shock waves through the sporting world.
  • 18 Dec 2020

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“Not without my pick stick” – Picker Packer finds damages are just out of his reach

Most of us go through life thinking very little about pick sticks, but in the case of Smith v Coles Supermarkets Australia Pty Ltd, it was the humble pick stick that (almost) picked victory out of the jaws of defeat.
  • 2 Oct 2020

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Releasing the hounds – Defining ‘recreational activity’

Horse racing may be the ‘sport of kings’, but greyhound racing can still hold court.  
  • 18 Sep 2020

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You need to lift big to gain big (damages)

Powell v JFIT Holdings t/as New Dimensions Health and Fitness Centre - [2020] NSWDC 264  
  • 10 Jul 2020

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Win for insurers short-lived: NSW Court of Appeal overturns approach for addressing claims for luxury replacement vehicles

On 27 September 2019, we provided an update on the developments in the law relating to the vehicle hire industry, particularly exorbitant claims by plaintiffs for prestige (or luxury) replacement vehicles following vehicle accidents negligently caused by others.  A very recent NSW Court of Appeal decision has altered this position and we discuss the implications of the decision for the vehicle hire industry and insurers, below.
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Dangerous Recreational Activity

The treacherous path involved abseiling 10m down a sheer rock face and walking barefoot on wet rugged terrain and tidal rocks. While walking across a 30cm rock platform with a 4m drop, Ms Nihil slipped and fell. She was air-lifted to Royal North Shore Hospital having suffered injuries to her toes, feet and heels. After 3 months in a wheelchair, she was fortunately able to ambulate once again but continued to suffer ongoing impairment which she said brought her modelling career to a premature end.
  • 9 Jun 2020

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Higher decisions for hire cars: addressing exorbitant claims for replacement vehicles

On 3 September 2019, Basten J of the NSW Supreme Court delivered appeal Judgments in three cases heard concurrently and (for the time being) confirmed the correct approach for assessing damages in claims for hire vehicle costs following an accident.  
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A fall from a ladder resulted in liability against a manufacturer under the Australian Consumer Law with a finding of 30% contributory negligence

The Court of Appeal found that a ladder had a safety defect, which caused the appellant to fall, such that the manufacturer was liable for damages under section 138 of the Australian Consumer Law.
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Telephone + trolley = trouble; a plaintiff’s contributory negligence assessed at 25% on appeal

On 6 April 2014, Mr Bridge slipped and fell in a below ground carpark at Coles’ Coffs Harbour store.
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Be the Change You Seek – Your Essential Guide to the 2018 Review of the General Insurance Code of Practice Final Report

On 26 June 2018, the Insurance Council of Australia (“ICA”) released its Review of the General Insurance Code of Practice final report (“the Final Report”).
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Child Sexual Abuse: all states now on board for National Redress Scheme due to start on 1 July 2018

In June 2018, the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Bill 2017 (“the Bill”) was passed, establishing the National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (“the Scheme”).
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Beware the Unfair – lessons to be learnt from JJ Richards?

The protections afforded to consumers under the “unfair contract terms” regime by the Australian Consumer Law and the ASIC Act 2001 has been extended to cover small businesses for over a year now.  
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Offers of Compromise – take your medicine early

Malek Fahd Islamic School Limited v The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils Inc (No 2) [2018] NSWSC 361 is a recent reminder of the importance of offers of compromise and the consequences of ignoring them.  
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