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Australia Takes Japan To Court Over Whaling

CANBERRA, Australia - (AP) Australia said Friday it will challenge Japan's whale hunting in the Antarctic at the International Court of Justice, a major legal escalation in its campaign to ban the practice despite Tokyo's insistence on the right to so-called scientific whaling. Japan's Foreign...

Paul Hogan To Sue Australia For Failed Tax Probe

ADELAIDE, Australia - (AP) "Crocodile Dundee" star Paul Hogan will sue the Australian government for damaging his reputation during a failed criminal investigation into his tax dealings. Fairfax Media on Thursday reported that Hogan's lawyer said the actor could seek up to $80 million for...

Australia Proposes Tough Cigarette Packaging Rules

SYDNEY - (AP) Tobacco companies in Australia will be forced to strip all logos from their cigarette packages and replace them with graphic images such as cancer-riddled mouths and sickly children under legislation unveiled Thursday a move the government says will make Australia the world's toughest...

Complaint Filed Against Rio Tinto For Oil Spill

SYDNEY - (AP) A complaint has been filed against Rio Tinto Alcan in Australia, saying the mining giant is responsible for a leak of 19,000 gallons (75,000 liters) of oil into the ground. The Department of Resources for the Northern Territory lodged the complaint earlier this month and announced it on...

NERA Reports Securities Litigation Outside The United States Generally Increased

The number of actions settled by the SEC in the last fiscal year remained essentially constant, according to a report prepared by NERA Economic Consulting. In contrast, the number of securities class actions filed last year ticked up slightly in the U.S. compared to the prior year (here). Securities...