Australians are more likely to be shopping from their beds than in shopping centres, as the COVID-19 pandemic speeds up the shift to online retail.
The research found 54 per cent of people were shopping from bed during the pandemic. Meanwhile, 33 per cent were going to shopping centres, only slightly more than the 28 per cent who reported shopping from the toilet. One in four were shopping from the pub and one in five from the gym. Read More.
COVID-19: (Australia) COVID-19 Business Interruption Claims May Not Be Subject to Pandemic Exclusions.
There was bad news for insurers seeking to exclude business interruption claims arising from COVID-19 last week when the NSW Court of Appeal held on 18 November 2020 that certain policies, with outdated exclusion clauses, may respond. Read More.
ACC updates online reference assessment tool
The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) has released an updated version of its online reference tool that “reflects the advancement in maturity in legal departments around the globe.” Read More.
With Toyota’s Help, This Secretive Entrepreneur May Finally Give Us Flying Cars
Joby Aviation, with nearly a billion dollars in funding, promises to have its air taxis aloft by 2023. Joby is the best-funded and most valuable of an explosion of startups leveraging advances in batteries and electric motors to try to wean aviation off fossil fuels and create new types of aircraft, including autonomous ones, to serve as air taxis. No one knows how big the industry could get—or if it will get off the ground at all—but Wall Street is spitballing some big numbers. One report from Morgan Stanley estimates the category could generate $674 billion a year in fares worldwide by 2040. Read More.
Harsher sentences to recognise unborn babies killed by crime.
Anyone found guilty of committing a crime which leads to the death of an unborn baby will have an additional three years jail added to their maximum jail sentence, under law reforms being proposed by the NSW government.
The bill, known as Zoe’s law, will allow the name of an unborn baby who dies due to a crime to be included in formal charges against the offender. Read More.
Lawyer X report: RCMPI recommends DPP examine Gobbo’s potential criminal conduct
In one of the many recommendations of the Lawyer X inquiry’s final report, commissioner Margaret McMurdo has called for a special investigator to examine whether there is sufficient evidence to proceed with criminal convictions against former barrister Nicola Gobbo and members of Victoria Police.
Following a “rigorous analysis” of the evidence submitted to the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants (RCMPI), commissioner Margaret McMurdo’s first recommendation out of 111 is establishing a special investigator to review whether a criminal offence was committed by Ms Gobbo and Victoria Police. Read More.