Legal Trends 2017


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Banks could face massive fines for price fixing

The banks implicated in price fixing by the Competition Commission could face fines of 10% of their turnover...

7 hours ago

Kim Dotcom eligible for US extradition: NZ court

New Zealand's High Court ruled on Monday that Kim Dotcom was eligible for extradition to the United States over online piracy allegations linked to his now-defunct Megaupload web empire...

23 hours ago

Discovery asks for dismissal of Afrocentric claim

Discovery has asked to have the Competition Tribunal throw out a complaint of collective bargaining against them...

By Michelle Gumede 17 Feb 2017

Is it possible to terminate a lease agreement without recourse?

There are a number of possible reasons that could arise that lead to a tenant wanting to terminate their lease agreement before it has run it course, however, it is possible for them to get out of a lease agreement without being in breach of the contract?

By Adrian Goslett 17 Feb 2017

Dutch seek law to help block foreign telecoms takeovers

The Dutch government on Thursday, 16 February, proposed a draft law enabling it to block or annul takeover bids of communications firms by foreign companies "in the name of national security"...

17 Feb 2017

FEDHASA sheds light on immigration and labour regulations

A recent media briefing, after a meeting between South Africa's Minister of Home Affairs and industry stakeholders, has raised some concerns in the hospitality and tourism industry...

16 Feb 2017

Land restitution without compensation contrary to protection afforded property by Constitution

The taking of land without compensation has never been on the table from the side of the government and is contrary to the protection afforded to property by the Constitution...

16 Feb 2017

Country needs a law addressing land restitution without compensation - Nkwinti

A single law should be developed to address the issue of land restitution without compensation, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti said...

16 Feb 2017

Look out for restrictions on your property

Owning a property does not mean that the owner is entitled to do whatever they want to the property...

By Adrian Goslett 15 Feb 2017

What marketing techniques work best for law firms?

As you would expect, there are many marketing strategies that could be used with law firms. However, some will be a lot better than others...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 15 Feb 2017

Lawyers outline charges for top Acsa officials

A legal opinion prepared by law firm Norton Rose Fulbright spells out the damning allegations against Acsa CEO Bongani Maseko...

By Xolisa Phillip 14 Feb 2017

Schemes battle doctor group at tribunal

Sama and the CMS are to square off at the Competition Tribunal in their long-running row over how specialists bill patients...

By Tamar Kahn 14 Feb 2017

R30m poached abalone confiscated in Western Cape

Joint efforts between the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), SAPS and custom officials have led to the confiscation of R30m worth of poached abalone in the Western Cape...

14 Feb 2017

No end in sight to city manager stalemate

The standoff between Cooperative Governance MEC Fikile Xasa and Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Athol Trollip over the appointment of the city manager continues, with neither willing to back down...

13 Feb 2017

Why recreational drone pilots should be trained to avoid liability claims

While South Africa's regulations on drone operation have had significant licensing cost implications for businesses, consumers may be at the highest risk for financial loss too...

13 Feb 2017

Snowden's lawyer says extradition report is 'speculation'

Edward Snowden's Russian lawyer on Saturday dismissed a US report that Moscow was considering extraditing the NSA whistleblower as a "gift" to President Donald Trump...

13 Feb 2017

What rights do squatters actually have?

Here we examine what “squatter rights” are in the context of the South African Law of Landlord and Tenant, in relation to both commercial and residential property...

By Chantelle Gladwin and Anja van Wijk 10 Feb 2017

Media in court over identity ban

Media houses have described the blanket ban sought by children's rights lobby groups, on the identification of child victims of crime, as extraordinary, with far-reaching consequences...

By Sipho Mabena 10 Feb 2017

The importance of updated citations in your argument

As complicated and time-consuming as legal research can be, there is no more effective way to strengthen an argument in court than with sound case and precedent referencing...

Issued by LexisNexis 10 Feb 2017

When are the photos on your phone not yours?

Although an employee has a right to privacy, it is not absolute. An employee argued that his employer's instruction to hand over his mobile phone for inspection violated his right to privacy...

By Samantha Coetzer and Fiona Leppan 9 Feb 2017

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