2007 - 2008 litigation outcomes

Fourth quarter, April 2008 - June 2008

Employer: Adam Coombes-Pearce t/as AJCP Carpentry and Maintenance

Date of judgement: 26 June 2008
Court: Magistrates' Court Victoria
Judge: Magistrate Hawkins
Nature of Proceedings: Wages & conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $11,487.34
Penalty: $30,000
Decision: Lewis v Adam Coombes-Pearce (PDF 131.2KB)

Employer: Darrell Lea Chocolate Shops Pty Ltd

Date of judgement: 13 June 2008
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court Victoria
Judge: FM Burchardt
Amount of Underpayment (if any): N/A
Penalty: $120,000
Decision: Brobbel v Darrell Lea Chocolate Shops Pty Ltd (PDF 528.9KB)

Employer: Gippstel Pty Ltd & Peter White

Date of judgement: 12 June 2008
Court: Magistrates' Court of Victoria
Judge: Magistrate Hawkins
Nature of Proceedings: Wages & conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $17,108.63
Penalty: $16,500
Decision: Bradford v Gippstel Pty Ltd (PDF 140KB)

Employer: Kitkan Pty Ltd

Date of judgement: 28 May 2008
Court: Magistrates' Court New South Wales
Judge: Magistrate O'Shane
Nature of Proceedings: Wages and conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $1481.50
Penalty: $25,000
Decision: Mason v Kitkan Pty Ltd (PDF 135.1KB)

Employer: Motorists Transport Assistance Pty Ltd and Matthew Mills

Date of judgement: 14 May 2008
Court: Chief Industrial Magistrates' Court New South Wales
Judge: Magistrate O'Shane
Nature of Proceedings: Wages and Conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $4831.67
Penalty against the company: $115,000
Penalty against the individual: $23,000
Decision: No decision available

Employer: A1 Trolleys (Craig Arnett) & Lonah Pty Ltd t/as Wyles Supermarket Services

Date of judgement: 8 May 2008
Court: Magistrates' Court of Victoria
Judge: Magistrate Chambers
Nature of Proceedings: Wages & Conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $25,266.07
Penalty: $12,080 (plus $6,000 suspended)
Decision: Shacklock v A1 Trolleys (Craig Arnett) & Lonah Pty Ltd t/as Wyles Supermarket Services (PDF 413.8KB)

Employer: Mornington Inn Pty Ltd

Date of judgement: 7 May 2008
Court: Federal Court of Australia
Judge: Gyles, Stone and Buchanan JJ
Nature of Proceedings: Appeal
Amount of Underpayment (if any): N/A
Penalty: Upheld
Decision: Mornington Inn Pty Ltd v Jordan (PDF 296.7KB)

Employer: Zinifex Australia Limited & Mark Brendan Emmett

Date of judgement: 24 April 2008
Court: Federal Court (Tas)
Judge: Heerey J
Nature of Proceedings: Agreement Making
Amount of Underpayment (if any): N/A
Penalty: N/A
Decision: Smith v Zinifex Australia Pty Ltd (PDF 112.3KB)

Employer: Bigeni Contracting Pty Ltd & Charlie Bigeni

Date of judgement: 21 April 2008
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court New South Wales
Judge: Federal Magistrate Cameron
Nature of Proceedings: Wages and Conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $7,000
Penalty: $18,000
Decision: Armstrong v Bigeni Contracting Pty Ltd & Charlie Bigeni (PDF 141.5KB)

Employer: Ten Talents Pty Ltd & Cyberlink Pty Ltd

Date of judgement: 18 April 2008
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court Western Australia
Judge: Federal Magistrate Lucev
Nature of Proceedings: Agreement Making - Duress
Amount of Underpayment (if any): N/A
Penalty: $13,400
Breach Decision: Balding v Ten Talents Pty Ltd & Anor - Breach Decision (PDF 314.9KB)
Penalty Decision: Balding v Ten Talents Pty Ltd & Anor - Penalty Decision (PDF 129.3KB)

Employer: Restaurant Services Group Pty Ltd & Imran Suleman & Alan Noor

Date of judgement: 11 April 2008
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court New South Wales
Judge: Federal Magistrate Raphael
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $554.40
Penalty: $10,300
Decision: Fleming v Restaurant Services Group & Ors (PDF 195.7KB)

Employer: Anthanasios Karas

Date of judgement: 8 April 2008
Court: Broadmeadows Magistrates' Court
Judge: Magistrate Mornane
Nature of Proceedings: Criminal - Failure to comply with Notice to Produce
Amount of Underpayment (if any): N/A
Penalty: N/A
Decision: Section 19B of the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth) external-icon.png

Employer: Maureen Faye Healey t/as The Theatre Royal Hotel

Date of judgement: 7 April 2008
Court: Federal Court of Australia (Tas)
Judge: Justice Marshall
Nature of Proceedings: Wages & Conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $18,405.71
Penalty: $70,000
Decision: McIver v Maureen Faye Healey (PDF 172.9KB)

Employer: Switched On Security Pty Ltd

Date of judgement: 3 April 208
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court Hobart
Judge: Federal Magistrate Burchardt
Nature of Proceedings: Wages and Conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $18,500
Penalty: $5,500
Decision: Jordan v Switched on Security Pty Ltd (PDF 121.8KB)


Third quarter, January 2008 - March 2008

Employer: Serco Sodexho Defence Systems Pty Ltd

Date of judgement: 28 March 2008
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court Sydney
Judge: Federal Magistrate Raphael
Nature of Proceedings: Agreement making/Negotiation/Duress
Amount of Underpayment (if any): N/A
Penalty: $7500
Decision: Mason v Serco Sodexho Defence Services Pty Ltd (PDF 84.5KB)

Employer: Wellard Feeds Pty Ltd

Date of judgement: 14 March 2008
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court Perth
Judge: Federal Magistrate Lucev
Nature of Proceedings: Wages & Conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $48,344.27
Penalty: n/a
Decision: Olsen v Wellard Feeds Pty Ltd (PDF 114.2KB)

Employer: Brinker Australia Pty Ltd

Date of judgement: 14 March 2008
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court Sydney
Judge: Federal Magistrate Lloyd-Jones
Nature of Proceedings: Agreement making - lodgement
Amount of Underpayment (if any): n/a
Penalty: $39,000
Decision: Rajogopalan v Brinker Australia Pty Ltd (PDF 283.3KB)

Employer: Damien Richardson

Date of judgement: 13 March 2008
Court: Magistrates' Court of Victoria
Judge: Magistrate Hawkins
Nature of Proceedings: Wages & Conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $14,031.24
Penalty: $7,500
Decision: Wisdom v Damien Richardson (PDF 91KB)

Employer: Kathryn Harvey t/as Barton Harvey

Date of judgement: 13 March 2008
Court: Magistrates' Court of Victoria
Judge: Magistrate Hawkins
Nature of Proceedings: Wages & Conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $8,046.40
Penalty: $30,000
Decision: Boin v Katherine Lisa Harvey (PDF 156.9KB)

Employer: Yoga Tandoori House Pty Ltd

Date of judgement: 13 March 2008
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court of Australia
Judge: Federal Magistrate Fryer
Nature of Proceedings: Wages & Conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $11,400
Penalty: $18,200
Decision: Fryer v Yoga Tandoori House Pty Ltd (PDF 156.4KB)

Employer: Agon Pty Ltd

Date of judgement: 12 March 2008
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court South Australia
Judge: Federal Magistrate Simpson
Nature of Proceedings: Wages & Conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $23,587.45
Penalty: $22,400
Decision: Holland v Agon Pty Ltd (PDF 168.5KB)

Employer: Hanssen Pty Ltd

Date of judgement: 11 March 2008
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court Perth
Judge: Federal Magistrate Lucev
Nature of Proceedings: Agreement making - lodgement
Amount of Underpayment (if any): n/a
Penalty: $174,000
Decision: Jones v Hanssen Pty Ltd (PDF 58.5KB)

Employer: Five Star Resort Marketing Pty Ltd

Date of judgement: 5 March 2008
Court: Chief Industrial Magistrate's Court New South Wales
Judge: Magistrate Hart
Nature of Proceedings: Wages & Conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $2755.85
Penalty: $9000
Decision: No decision available

Employer: Neophone Pty Ltd

Date of judgement: 28 February & 3 March 2008
Court: Chief Industrial Magistrate's Court New South Wales
Judge: Magistrate Miller
Nature of Proceedings: Wages & Conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $7800
Penalty: $27,000
Decision: Liu v Neophone Pty Ltd (PDF 145.4KB)

Employer: Putby Pty Ltd t/as Strath Hill Hair Design

Date of judgement: 28 February 2008
Court: Magistrates' Court of Victoria
Judge: Magistrate Hawkins
Nature of Proceedings: Wages & Conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $13,134.19
Penalty: $20,800
Decision: Ryan v Putby Pty Ltd t/as Strath Hill Hair Design (PDF 134.5KB)

Employer: Australian Opthalmic Supplies Pty Ltd

Date of judgement: 20 February 2008
Court: Federal Court of Australia (Vic)
Judge: Gray, Graham and Buchanan JJ
Nature of Proceedings: Appeal
Amount of Underpayment (if any): N/A
Penalty: $66,000
Decision: Australian Opthalmic Supplies Pty Ltd v McAlary-Smith (PDF 441.3KB)

Employer: Australian Ophthalmic Supplies Pty Ltd t/as Merringtons

Date of judgement: 14 February 2008
Court: Federal Court of Australia
Judge: Justice Marshall
Nature of Proceedings: Freedom of Association
Amount of Underpayment (if any): n/a
Penalty: $60,000
Decision: Byrne v Australian Ophthalmic Supplies Pty Ltd (PDF 183.1KB)

Employer: Imposete Pty Ltd t/as Joe's Meat Market

Date of judgement: 13 February 2008
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court Sydney
Judge: Federal Magistrate Smith
Nature of Proceedings: Wages & Conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $9437.78
Penalty: $93,600
Decision: Jarvis v Imposete Pty Ltd (PDF 1MB)

Employer: Pee Cee Pty Ltd t/as Lane Ridges

Date of judgement: 6 February 2008
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court Hobart
Judge: Federal Magistrate O'Sullivan
Nature of Proceedings: Wages & Conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $5,927.87
Penalty: $27,843.75
Decision: Dennington v Pee Cee Pty Ltd (PDF 644.3KB)

Employer: Risborg Services Pty Ltd

Date of judgement: 31 January 2008
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court South Australia
Judge: Magistrate Simpson
Nature of Proceedings: Wages & Conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $170,474.56
Penalty: $26,730
Decision: Salandra v Risborg Services Pty Ltd (PDF 391.3KB)

Employer: Craig Arnett t/as A1 Trolleys & Lonah Pty Ltd t/as Wyles Supermarket Services

Date of judgement: 18 January 2008
Court: Magistrates' Court of Victoria
Judge: Magistrate Chambers
Nature of Proceedings: Wages and Conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $32,303.07
Penalty: N/A
Decision: Shacklock v Craig Arnett t/as A1 Trolleys & Lonah Pty Ltd (PDF 413.8KB)


Second quarter, October 2007 - December 2007

Employer: Xidis Pty Ltd

Date of judgement: 20 December 2007
Court: Magistrates' Court of Victoria
Judge: Magistrate Hawkins
Nature of Proceedings: Wages & Conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $3,523.98
Penalty: $25,000.00
Decision: Dekic v Xidis Pty Ltd (PDF 72.4KB)

Employer: Colin's Carpentry Services Pty Ltd

Date of judgement: 19 December 2007
Court: Magistrates' Court of Victoria
Judge: Magistrate Hawkins
Nature of Proceedings: Wages and Conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $12,530.07
Penalty: $10,000
Decision: Free v Colin's Carpentry Services Pty Ltd (PDF 112.1KB)

Employer: James Sutton (First Respondent), Adam Sutton (Second Respondent) (Finlay Engineering Co Pty Ltd)

Date of judgement: 18 December 2007
Court: Federal Court of Australia (Vic)
Judge: Tracey J
Nature of Proceedings: Wages and conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $33,812.12
Penalty: $44,000
Decision: Hills v Sutton and Sutton (PDF 86.7KB)

Employer: Alomace Pty Ltd t/as Brumby's Bakery - Broken Hill

Date of judgement: 7 December 2007
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court New South Wales
Judge: Federal Magistrate Driver
Nature of Proceedings: Wages & Conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): n/a
Penalty: $18,750
Decision: Cotis v Stuart Ross MacPherson- Alomace Pty Ltd (PDF 277.5KB)

Employer: V & K Holdings Pty Ltd

Date of judgement: 28 November 2007
Court: Sydney Chief Industrial Magistrate's Court
Judge: Magistrate Hart
Nature of Proceedings: Wages & Conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): n/a
Penalty: $16,875
Decision: Armstrong v V & K Holdings Pty Ltd (PDF 152.5KB)

Employer: Jason & Kelly Bjorksten t/as Burko Automotive & Transmissions

Date of judgement: 22 November 2007
Court: Magistrates' Court of Victoria
Judge: Magistrate Hawkins
Nature of Proceedings: Wages & Conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $2,502.85
Penalty: $13,200
Decision: Selwood v Jason Bjorksten & Kelly Bjorksten t/as Burko Automotive & Transmissions (PDF 41.8KB)

Employer: Taylors Lakes Family Hotel Pty Ltd

Date of judgement: 7 November 2007
Court: Magistrates' Court of Victoria
Judge: Magistrate Hawkins
Nature of Proceedings: Wages & Conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $1,378.80
Penalty: $3,300
Decision: Bradford v Taylor Lakes Family Hotel Pty Ltd (PDF 124.4KB)

Employer: Elsen Bros Pty Ltd t/as Brisbane Rock Sales & Helidon Dimensional Sandstone

Date of judgement: 2 November 2007
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court Brisbane
Judge: Federal Magistrate Wilson
Nature of Proceedings: Wages & Conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $12,621.25
Penalty: $22,000
Decision: Coles v Elsen Bros Pty Ltd t/as Brisbane Rock Sales & Helidon Dimensional Sandstone (PDF 46.2KB)

Employer: Dartbridge Welding Pty Ltd

Date of judgement: 25 October 2007
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court Brisbane
Judge: Federal Magistrate Jarrett
Nature of Proceedings: Agreement making - failure to lodge
Amount of Underpayment (if any): n/a
Penalty: $8,400
Decision: Lawlor v Dartbridge Welding Pty Ltd (PDF 195.1KB)

Employer: Michael John den Ridder

Date of judgement: 25 October 2007
Court: Magistrates' Court of Victoria
Judge: Magistrate Rozencwajg
Nature of Proceedings: Criminal - failure to comply with Notice to Produce
Amount of Underpayment (if any): n/a
Penalty: n/a
Decision: Section 20 of the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth) external-icon.png

Employer: ACN 001 892 511 Pty Ltd formerly Action Motor Group Pty Ltd t/as Action Motorcycles

Date of judgement: 11 October 2007
Court: Magistrates' Court of Victoria
Judge: Magistrate Hawkins
Nature of Proceedings: Wages & Conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $10,407
Penalty: $20,000
Decision: Komiatis v ACN 001 892 511 Pty Ltd t/as Action Motorcycles (PDF 39.1KB)

Employer: Michael John den Ridder & Coral Joan den Ridder t/as Roccim Transport

Date of judgement: 11 October 2007
Court: Magistrates' Court of Victoria
Judge: Magistrate Hawkins
Nature of Proceedings: Wages & Conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $7,509.74
Penalty: $15,840
Decision: Shacklock v Michael John den Ridder & Coral Joan den Ridder t/as Roccim Transport (PDF 101.8KB)

Employer: Dogma Enterprises Pty Ltd t/as Video Ezy Charnwood

Date of judgement: 3 October 2007
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court Canberra
Judge: Federal Magistrate Giles
Nature of Proceedings: Wages & Conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any) $11,943.46
Penalty: $25,000
Decision: Sharpe v Dogma Enterprises Pty Ltd trading as Video Ezy Charnwood (PDF 85.4KB)


First quarter, July 2007 - September 2007

Employer: Mornington Inn Pty Ltd

Date of judgement: 12 September 2007
Court: Federal Court of Australia
Judge: Justice Heerey
Nature of Proceedings: Duress
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $6,813.22
Penalty: $170,000
Decision: Jordan v Mornington Inn Pty Ltd (PDF 318.5KB)

Employer: Telluride Pty Ltd t/as Holy Grail Civic

Date of judgement: 11 September 2007
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court Canberra
Judge: Federal Magistrate Cameron
Nature of Proceedings: Wages & Conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $20,337.05
Penalty: $11,200
Decision: Written decision to come

Employer: Squaw Valley Pty Ltd t/as Holy Grail Kingston

Date of judgement: 11 September 2007
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court Canberra
Judge: Federal Magistrate Cameron
Nature of Proceedings: Wages & Conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $59,739.26
Penalty: $18,200
Decision: No decision available

Employer: APrint (Australia) Pty Ltd & Yu Tu Chuan

Date of judgement: 10 September 2007
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court Melbourne
Judge: Federal Magistrate O'Sullivan
Nature of Proceedings: Wages & Conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $93,667.66
Penalty: $9,240
Decision: Hortle v APrint (Australia) Pty Ltd & Anor (PDF 428.8KB)

Employer: Yu Tu Chuan

Date of judgement: 10 September 2007
Court: Magistrates' Court of Victoria
Judge: Magistrate Hays
Nature of Proceedings: Criminal
Amount of Underpayment (if any): n/a
Penalty: $2,500 + conviction
Decision: Contravening sub-section 11.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) by attempting to commit an offence against sub-section 149.1 of the Criminal Code - attempting to obstruct or hinder a public official.

Employer: Miles Transport Pty Ltd

Date of judgement: 30 August 2007
Court: Magistrates' Court of Victoria
Judge: Magistrate Hawkins
Nature of Proceedings: Wages & Conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $5,669.15
Penalty: $6,600
Decision: Yates v Miles Transport Pty Ltd (PDF 217.2KB)

Employer: BM Sydney Building Pty Ltd

Date of judgement: 16 August 2007
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court Sydney
Judge: Federal Magistrate Driver
Nature of Proceedings: Wages & Conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): n/a
Penalty: $16,500
Decision: Rajagopalan v BM Sydney Building Materials Pty Ltd (PDF 958.4KB)

Employer: Fitzpatrick's Transport Service

Date of judgement: 27 July 2007
Court: Federal Court Melbourne
Judge: Justice Tracey
Nature of Proceedings: Wages & Conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $96,664.76
Penalty: $3,660.00
Decision: Kelly v William Fitzpatrick & Margaret Fitzpatrick external-icon.png

Employer: Raxigi Pty Ltd

Date of judgement: 25 July 2007
Court: Chief Industrial Magistrate's Court New South Wales
Judge: Magistrate Miller
Nature of Proceedings: Wages & Conditions
Amount of Underpayment (if any): $14,049.23
Penalty: $66,000
Breach Decision: Polgar v Raxigi Pty Ltd - Breach Decision (PDF 90.8KB)
Penalty Decision: Polgar v Raxigi Pty Ltd - Penalty Decision (PDF 227KB)

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