Current FYIs

April 2014


FYIs are articles that consider current issues, law changes and significant court decisions. To suggest a topic for a future FYI, please click on the 'Suggest an FYI' page on the left hand navigation bar. To receive FYIs via email on your choice of topic, please click on 'register to receive our publications' at the end of this page.

FYI: Environment, Planning & Resource Management – Coro Mainstreet Inc v Thames-Coromandel District Council

15 Apr 2014

The Court of Appeal has signalled that the 2009 RMA amendments may require a rethink of the Discount Brands approach to notification, including increased scope for non-notification and a reduction in the intensity of judicial review of non-notification decisions...

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FYI: Intellectual Property – Coke v Pepsi - What's all the fizz about?

01 Apr 2014

The rivalry between drinks brands Coke and Pepsi is the stuff of legend. The latest instalment of this litigated saga is the High Court decision that Frucor and PepsiCo were not infringing Coca Cola’s 3D shape trade mark for the familiar Coke bottle by using Pepsi’s recently minted Carolina bottle...

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FYI: Environment, Planning & Resource Management – The RMA potentially “has no place” in management of genetically modified organisms

20 Mar 2014

The development and use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has been a controversial issue in recent times. Pressure is mounting on councils to have a role in their regulation...

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FYI: Corporate Advisory – Crowd funding and peer-to-peer lending: final regulations

11 Mar 2014

From 1 April 2014 companies will be able to access equity and debt capital without compliance with typical disclosure obligations placed on issuers of securities. This is enabled by the creation of new categories of crowd funding and peer-to-peer intermediary services under the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013...

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FYI: Corporate Advisory – Shackles removed for employee share schemes

11 Mar 2014

On 1 April 2014, a new regulatory framework for employee share schemes will come into force. This new regime will make it cheaper and easier for employers to offer shares to their employees than under existing laws...

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