Maurice Blackburn in the News 2010

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers to file class action suit over wrongly imprisoned young people
Tuesday 28 December 2010       AAP       News.com.au
Young people wrongly imprisoned as a result of computer glitches will be part of a class action suit to be filed against the New South Wales government.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Haneef may re-apply for Gold Coast job
Wednesday 22 December 2010       Courtney Trenwith       Brisbane Times
Falsely accused terror suspect Mohamed Haneef could again be working at the Gold Coast Hospital within a year.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Haneef wins 'substantial' compensation settlement
Wednesday 22 December 2010       Emma Pollard       ABC Online
Mohamed Haneef has reached a substantial compensation settlement with the Federal Government.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Mohamed Haneef eager to return after 'substantial' payout
Wednesday 22 December 2010       Rosanne Barrett and Jared Owens       The Australian
Falsely accused terror suspect Mohamed Haneef says he hopes to return to Australia within a year after winning a "substantial" monetary settlement.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Sick teacher warns over asbestos
Sunday 19 December 2010       Kay Dibben       Sunday Mail
A former pre-school teacher who has just found out she has terminal mesothelioma wants to warn ex-staff and children from a Brisbane pre-school that they also were exposed to deadly asbestos in 1983.
Practice Area: Asbestos Diseases
Haneef returns to Australia for compensation talks
Friday 17 December 2010       Kerrin Binnie       ABC Radio PM Program
The former Gold Coast doctor Mohamed Haneef is back in Australia to hold compensation talks with the Federal Government.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Haneef returns to Australia to settle compensation claims
Friday 17 December 2010       Press Trust of India       Hindustan Times
Wrongly implicated in a botched UK terror attack, Indian doctor Mohammad Haneef now hopes the resolution of his compensation claims in Australia would give him a chance to move on from the traumatic experience of detention though he believes it is "too late" for an apology now.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Mohamed Haneef says he hopes to work in Australia again
Friday 17 December 2010       Josh Robertson       Courier Mail
Indian doctor Mohamed Haneef declared his love for Australia - "a fair place'' - on his first visit to the country since a wrongful jailing over alleged terror links in 2007.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Woman who lost job sues labour hire firm over written exam
Friday 10 December 2010       Paul Bibby       Sydney Morning Herald
One of Australia's largest labour hire companies is being sued for racial discrimination, with claims that it demanded that a young Thai migrant with limited English complete a written health and safety exam, and then in effect dismissed her when she failed it.
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
An open letter to Julia Gillard from eminent Australians: Wikileaks, Julian Assange and the rule of law
Tuesday 07 December 2010       Elizabeth O'Shea and Jeff Sparrow       ABC Online - The Drum
We wrote the letter below because we believe that Julian Assange is entitled to all the protections enshrined in the rule of law – and that the Australian Government has an obligation to ensure he receives them.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Charities can be political
Monday 06 December 2010       Elizabeth O'Shea       ABC Online- The Drum
Recently, the High Court handed down a decision that ended almost four years of uncertainty for the charitable sector.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Charities win tax ruling on lobbying
Thursday 02 December 2010       Rowan Callick       The Australian
Lobby groups that campaign against government policy will be entitled to claim charity status after a court ruling yesterday.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Nufarm fined $66,000 over disclosure failures
Thursday 02 December 2010       Xavier La Canna       The Age
Nufarm has been fined $66,000 and will have to review its reporting processes after an investigation into whether it failed to adequately disclose its first-half results.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Aid/Watch wins back charity status
Wednesday 01 December 2010       Ashley Hall       ABC Radio PM Program
The advocacy group, Aid/Watch, has won back its charitable status, ending a long running battle begun by the Howard government.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Workers rally to support Kate
Wednesday 01 December 2010       Mark Dunn       Herald Sun
A female road worker taking legal action over alleged sexual harassment has support.
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
ASIC hits Nufarm with $66,000 fine
Wednesday 01 December 2010       Money       NineMSN
Nufarm Ltd has been hit with a $66,000 fine and will have to review its reporting processes after an investigation into whether it failed to adequately disclose its first half results.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Road gang ruined my life, says Kate Matthews
Tuesday 30 November 2010       Mark Dunn       Herald Sun
A female road construction worker is considering whether to sue a Victorian contractor over claims she was harassed for two horrendous years.
Practice Area: Work Related Injuries
Community body 'vilified' staff
Monday 29 November 2010       Ben Schneiders       The Age
A community sector organisation with a large presence in Victoria's south-west has been accused of union busting and publicly vilifying workers for joining a union.
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
Litigation against advisers on the rise
Thursday 25 November 2010       Darin Tyson-Chan       Investor Daily
Legal action against financial planners for giving poor advice is on the increase, according to a principal with law firm Maurice Blackburn.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Highton man sues Barwon Health after stroke
Wednesday 24 November 2010       Aleks Devic       Geelong Advertiser
A Highton man, who says his life is ruined, claims the Geelong Hospital failed to diagnose him properly, leading to a stroke and brain injury.
Practice Area: Medical Negligence
Dr Mohamed Haneef to return to Australia
Monday 22 November 2010             ABC 24
Dr Mohamed Haneef returns to Australia to discuss compensation from the Government over his arrest.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Haneef heading back to Brisbane
Monday 22 November 2010       Courtney Trenwith       Brisbane Times
Indian doctor Mohamed Haneef plans to return to Brisbane three years after he was wrongfully detained and accused of terrorism, his lawyers confirmed today.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Injured ASU water worker wins massive payout
Monday 22 November 2010             ASU journal
Fixing leaking water mains is heavy, awkward work, requiring quick thinking and brute strength.
Practice Area: Work Related Injuries
Terror accused Mohamed Haneef returns and he would love to stay
Monday 22 November 2010       Paul Maley       The Australian
More than three years after he was imprisoned, falsely accused of terrorism and deprived of his working visa, Dr Haneef is due to arrive next month to participate in a two-day mediation session with the Australian government, one of the final steps in his bid to secure a sizeable compensation payout for his ordeal.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Judge rules victims can sue surgeon over fat reduction surgery
Thursday 18 November 2010       Mark Oberhardt       Courier Mail
A Supreme Court judge has paved the way for victims of alleged botched surgery to sue their surgeon.
Practice Area: Medical Negligence
NAB facing class action over CDOs
Thursday 18 November 2010       Matthew Drummond       Australian Financial Review
National Australia Bank could be forced to reveal for the first time details of exactly what sits within its $US1.1 billion of collateralised debt obligations (CDOs) at the centre of a $450 million shareholder class action.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Shareholders launch action against NAB
Thursday 18 November 2010       Phillip Lasker       ABC TV news
The National Australia Bank is being taken to court by hundreds of institutional and retail investors for losses linked to the subprime mortgage crisis in the US.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
National Australia Bank faces litigation over toxic debt
Wednesday 17 November 2010       Rachel Pannett       Wall Street Journal
Litigation firm Maurice Blackburn said Thursday it lodged legal action against National Australia Bank Ltd. (NAB) in the Victorian Supreme Court over its alleged failure to disclose the bank's exposure to U.S. toxic debt during the financial crisis in 2008.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Fight for his rights
Tuesday 16 November 2010             Maroondah Leader
Nine years after losing his leg in a workplace accident, Ringwood's John Wilson is still battling his former employer in court.
Practice Area: Work Related Injuries
Firm prepares for cancer patents hearing
Tuesday 16 November 2010             The New Lawyer
A landmark legal action challenging the validity of breast and ovarian cancer gene patents will return to the Federal Court for a hearing next week.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Family seeks answers for Matty
Sunday 14 November 2010       Sue Hewitt       Sunday Herald Sun
Sean Whyte treasured little brother Matty for such a short time but it bought him so much pleasure and pain.
Practice Area: Medical Negligence
Pilot's family sues on kit
Sunday 14 November 2010       Sue Hewitt       Sunday Herald Sun
The family of a man killed when his homebuilt helicopter crashed near Mount Beauty is taking legal action against the aircraft manufacturer and distributor.
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
Air Cargo cartel
Wednesday 10 November 2010       Tim Jenkins       BBC World Service
More than 11 airlines have been fined collectively more than $1 billion by the European Union for price-fixing between 1999 and 2006.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Cartel fines likely to set off legal battles
Wednesday 10 November 2010       Timothy McDonald       ABC The World Today
The European competition watchdog's decision to fine 11 airlines over price fixing is expected to set off a series of legal challenges both here and overseas.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Shannon Cotterill says drinking Bonsoy milk made her seriously ill and destroyed her life
Tuesday 09 November 2010       Hannah Davies, Kym Agius       Courier Mail
A Brisbane mother who became dangerously ill after drinking Bonsoy milk has told how the product destroyed her life.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
150 sign up to class action against Bonsoy
Tuesday 09 November 2010       Karen Berkman       ABC Lateline
More than 150 people have joined a class action against the importer of a popular soy milk which they claim made them seriously ill.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Big four banks may face fee gouging class suit
Friday 05 November 2010       Maurice Dunlevy       The Australian
All four of Australia's big banks could face class actions for fee-gouging by Christmas, with the ANZ's case the first off the rank.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
ANZ sued by 30,000 customers over penalty fees
Friday 05 November 2010       Jeff Turnbull       News.com.au
Australia's largest ever class action case, involving almost 30,000 people taking on the ANZ bank over fee-gouging, could come down to just one witness for each party to decide the winner.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Financial planner lost millions for CBA clients
Thursday 04 November 2010       Colin Kruger       The Age
Nearly two years after the collapse of Storm Financial, the Commonwealth Bank has been caught up in another financial planning debacle. And this time it is in-house.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Push for legal centre in Healesville
Thursday 04 November 2010       Alex Munro       Lilydale and Yarra Valley Leader
It is hoped a Yarra Ranges-based community legal centre could help slash the area’s family violence problems.
Practice Area: Social Justice
30000 customers take on ANZ over fees
Thursday 04 November 2010             Nine MSN News
Australia's largest ever class action case, involving almost 30,000 people taking on the ANZ bank over fee-gouging, could come down to just one witness for each party to decide the winner.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Boxer's gloves off in race row
Friday 29 October 2010       Aaron Langmaid       Hearld Sun
A boxer vying to compete at the London Olympics says he'll turn his back on Australia unless more is done to stamp out racism in the sport.
Practice Area: Discrimination
Boxer angry over 'blackie' jibe
Thursday 28 October 2010       Mark Doman       ABC Online
A champion amateur boxer says he will compete for another country at the Olympics unless further action is taken against a senior coach who racially abused him.
Practice Area: Discrimination
Power tool safety
Monday 25 October 2010       Karen O'Sullivan       Channel 7
Construction worker narrowly excapes death as a colleagues nail gun miss fires and a nail is shot into his head.
Practice Area: Work Related Injuries
Insurer needs surgery - doctors ditch WorkCover
Thursday 21 October 2010       Grant McArthur       Herald Sun
Doctors are refusing to treat patients injured at work, walking away from Victoria's WorkCover scheme because they are sick of battling red tape and seeing their patients suffer.
Practice Area: Work Related Injuries
Class action suit against Nufarm 'very advanced'
Wednesday 20 October 2010       Philip Wen       The Age, Business Day
Slater & Gordon says it is close to finalising preparations for its shareholder class action against the farm chemicals group Nufarm.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Pensioner's fall costs TAC thousands
Wednesday 20 October 2010       Rosemary Bolger       Melbourne Times Weekly
Lorraine Johnson had an extra spring in her step at her tap dancing class after recieving a six-figure payout from the TAC following a serious fall on a tram.
Practice Area: Road Accident Injuries
Delayed ruling gives Centro investors hope
Saturday 16 October 2010       Ben Butler       Business Day, Sydney Morning Herald
Investors in property flop Centro may get their day in court early next year after a Federal Court judge brought down a long-delayed ruling yesterday.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Broome women in Victorian law fest
Thursday 14 October 2010       VIvienne Ryan       Broome Advertiser
A group of accomplished Broome women who are making their mark on the Victorian judicial system converge on Melbourne this week to celebrate indigenous women in law and justice.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Road victims denied massage claims by TAC
Tuesday 12 October 2010       Peter Mickelburough       Herald Sun
The Transport Accident Commission gave its staff 3580 free relaxation rubdowns in just 18 months while refusing to pay for accident victims' masseurs.
Practice Area: Road Accident Injuries
Single mum hurt in crash battles the TAC
Monday 11 October 2010       Nick Leys       Herald Sun
When Lucy Williams, a single mother of four, was badly injured in a car accident this year, she lost not just her but also her children's independence.
Practice Area: Road Accident Injuries
The public prosecution of private decisions
Monday 11 October 2010       Elizabeth O'Shea       The Drum
This week, a woman and her partner will be put on trial in Queensland for a crime that should not be on the statute books.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Soy product robbed me of joys of motherhood: lawsuit figure
Friday 01 October 2010       Daniella Miletic       The Age
Erin Downie drank Bonsoy when she became pregnant because she was told it was the best soy milk on the market. When she had trouble breastfeeding, she drank more. She put it in her porridge, in her smoothies, in her cups of tea.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Class action launched after 25 people claim milk was contaminated
Friday 01 October 2010       Anne Wright       Herald Sun
Lawyers have launched a class action against the distributors of a soy milk product that allegedly had seven times the safe dose of iodine.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Soy milk class action launched
Thursday 30 September 2010       Samantha Donovan       ABC Radio PM Program
Lawyers have launched a class action against the distributors of a brand of soy milk, after dozens of consumers developed thyroid problems.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Soy milk danger
Thursday 30 September 2010       Laura Turner       Channel 9 News
A Belgrave mother is leading a class action against a Victorian food distributor, claiming she became seriously ill after drinking the soy milk product 'Bonsoy'.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Awash with worry
Wednesday 29 September 2010       Lesley Parker       Sydney Morning Herald, Money
As Victoria mops up from another deluge, a prominent insurance lawyer has urged the industry to have another go at coming up with standard wording for flood cover, even as the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) says insurers seem to be cleaning up their act in this regard.
Practice Area: Superannuation & Insurance Claims
Nufarm chief defends pay in face of loss
Wednesday 29 September 2010       Ben Butler       Australian Financial Review
Nufarm chief executive Doug Rathbone has held on to his $2.3 million pay packet despite the agricultural chemicals company plunging into loss after a disastrous 2009-10.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
ANZ First to field class action
Thursday 23 September 2010       Matthew Drummond       Australian Financial Review
Australia and New Zealand Banking Group's exposure to a bank fee class action could swell past the current $50 million claim.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Decision on PwC lawsuit is expected in weeks
Thursday 23 September 2010       Maurice Dunlevy       The Australian
Speculation is mounting that a decision should be known soon if Centro's former auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers can be sued.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
ANZ Sued by Customers Over Credit Card, Late Fees
Wednesday 22 September 2010       Joe Schneider       Bloomberg
Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd., Australia’s third biggest lender by market value, was sued by customers seeking to recoup about A$50 million ($48 million) of bank charges.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Class action against banks starts
Wednesday 22 September 2010             3AW Radio
Lawyer at Maurice Blackburn, Bernard Murphy, has confirmed with 3AW Breakfast's Ross and John his legal firm will launch the first action in its class action against Australian banks.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
ANZ hit with $50m class action over fees
Wednesday 22 September 2010       Adele Ferguson       Sydney Morning Herald
The ANZ Bank is the first of 12 banks to be hit with a class action after allegedly wrongfully charging its customers hundreds of millions of dollars in penalty fees over the past six years.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Insurers urged to clarify flood coverage
Thursday 16 September 2010             ABC Goulburn Murray website
A legal firm is calling on the insurance industry to clarify flood coverage, as claims are being lodged over flooding in north-east Victoria.
Practice Area: Superannuation & Insurance Claims
New threat after floods - disease
Wednesday 08 September 2010       Paul Millar, Jared Lynch and David Rood       The Age
Victorians should brace for a plague of mosquitoes and an outbreak of Ross River fever as floodwaters recede.
Practice Area: Superannuation & Insurance Claims
Flood bill rises as ‘worst yet to come’
Tuesday 07 September 2010       Julie-anne Sprague       Australian Financial Review
The damage bill for Victoria’s worst floods in 15 years was likely to increase in the coming days, Premier John Brumby warned.
Practice Area: Superannuation & Insurance Claims
Established law firm sets up new Mildura office
Monday 06 September 2010             Mildura Independent
Law firm Maurice Blackburn has confirmed its commitment to fighting for the rights of local people by opening an office in Mildura’s CBD on Monday.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Mildura office opening
Monday 06 September 2010       Gemma Thomas       Win Tv Mildura
Law firm Maurice Blackburn opens a new regional office in Mildura.
Practice Area: Work Related Injuries
Life ban for 'fat' doctor
Friday 03 September 2010       Leah Fineran       Gold Coast Bulletin
Leesa Macleod sobbed as the Gold Coast surgeon who contributed to her mother's death was permanently struck off the medical registry and banned from practising again.
Practice Area: Medical Negligence
Nufarm to be sued for misleading the market
Friday 03 September 2010       Philip Wen       Sydney Morning Herald, The Age
Two years of profit downgrades and poor continuous disclosure have left Nufarm facing an imminent shareholder class action over what lawyers have described as ''blatant'' misleading and deceptive conduct.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
The cost of putting powerlines underground
Friday 03 September 2010       Lisa Maksimovic       ABC TV, Stateline, Victoria
The State Government says it would cost too much to put all power lines underground, but others argue its too risky not to.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Working in a medical minefield
Friday 03 September 2010       Briana Everett       Lawyers Weekly
Medical negligence is an extremely complex and emotional area of law, requiring an in-depth medical understanding and an ability to detach from the devastating circumstances of people's lives.
Practice Area: Medical Negligence
Hardie verdict raises compo queries
Thursday 02 September 2010       Peter Taylor       Herald Sun
James Hardie has lost its appeal against a $368 million bill for back taxes, intensifying the prospect of a taxpayer bailout for its asbestos compensation scheme.
Practice Area: Asbestos Diseases
Another law firm opens in the city
Wednesday 01 September 2010             Wangaratta Chronicle
National law firm Maurice Blackburn has established an office in Wangaratta.
Practice Area: Work Related Injuries
Running your firm in "neutral"
Wednesday 01 September 2010       Kimi Nishimura       Law Institute Journal
Plaintiff law firm Maurice Blackburn is poised to become the second Victorian law firm to become “carbon neutral”, having committed to fully offset its carbon emissions for the 2009-10 financial year.
Practice Area: Social Justice
‘Toothless’ watchdog under fire
Sunday 29 August 2010       Mark Russell       The Age
Australia's corporate cops are under fire for failing to properly investigate Melbourne ‘‘wealth creation specialist’’ Philip Whiteman, who has been declared bankrupt owing more than $28 million, despite being warned about his activities
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Cosmetic surgery - Maurice Blackburn clients on Ch 9
Sunday 29 August 2010       60 Minutes       Channel 9
Lauren James was the kind of girl who turned heads - twenty six years old with a gorgeous face and a great figure. But she was convinced she could look even better, with a little help from the doctor's knife.
Practice Area: Medical Negligence
Haneef to fight on despite ruling on secret papers
Saturday 28 August 2010       Jared Owens       The Australian
Cleared terrorism suspect Mohamed Haneef will press on with a lawsuit against the federal government and Liberal frontbencher Kevin Andrews.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Lawyers in new offices
Friday 27 August 2010             Townsville Bulletin
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers has opened new premises at 291 Ross River Road, Aitkenvale.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Senseless death leaves a life on hold
Sunday 22 August 2010       Jill Stark       The Age
In his eyes she was flawless. Where Lauren James saw imperfections, her partner Simon Dal Zotto saw only the woman he wanted to marry.
Practice Area: Medical Negligence
Mother Kerry Mullins says cosmetic surgery is not worth the heartache
Tuesday 17 August 2010       Marianne Betts       Herald Sun
After surviving an "extreme makeover" massacre, Kerry Mullins is warning other women not to take cosmetic surgery lightly.
Practice Area: Medical Negligence
Why the cosmetic surgery industry needs reform
Sunday 15 August 2010       Kathryn Booth and Laura Vines       Crikey
A Victorian Coroner’s investigation into the death of a young woman, Lauren James, after liposuction has been in the headlines recently.
Practice Area: Medical Negligence
Airlines fight cartel claims
Friday 13 August 2010       Matt O'Sullivan       The Age
Qantas and six other airlines, including Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines, will have to fend off accusations they illegally fixed air cargo charges over seven years.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Court: Lawsuit against Qantas may proceed
Thursday 12 August 2010       Joe Schneider       e Turbo News
Qantas Airways Ltd. and six other carriers must defend against claims they participated in a global conspiracy to fix rates for international air cargo shipments, an appeals court ruled.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Injured Barwon Water worker wins $500,000 compo claim
Thursday 12 August 2010       Carl Dickens       Geelong Advertiser
A Bannockburn father-of-two yesterday won almost half a million dollars in compensation from former employer Barwon Water.
Practice Area: Work Related Injuries
Maurice Blackburn acts in medical negligence case
Wednesday 11 August 2010             The New Lawyer
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers has had a high profile win as the Coroner found “wholly inadequate” medical care after a liposuction death.
Practice Area: Medical Negligence
Jammed by your bank? You can join the class action suit!
Tuesday 10 August 2010             Customer Underground
You probably already know that the banks raked in an amazing almost $1 billion in exception fees last year.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Bicycle registration
Tuesday 03 August 2010             7PM Project, Channel 10
7PM Project story on possible bicycle registration.
Practice Area: Road Accident Injuries
Paramedic's family lodges County Court claim
Sunday 01 August 2010       Sue Hewitt       Sunday Herald Sun
The wife of a paramedic who took his own life believes the pressures of the job he loved killed him and that other ambulance officers have committed suicide because of stress.
Practice Area: Work Related Injuries
The AWB shareholder class action — lessons in continuous disclosure
Sunday 01 August 2010       Jason Geisker       Chartered Secretaries Australia
It would be a difficult task to find anyone in Australia with even a passing interest in corporate governance issues who was not familiar with the kickback scandal involving AWB Limited’s wheat contracts with Iraq during the time of UN sanctions and the UN Oil-For-Food Programme.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Boss cops a whack: Why Community Connections case was secret
Saturday 31 July 2010       Andrew Thomson       Warrnambool Standard
Details of an unfair dismissal case decision involving Warrnambool's Community Connections office were kept secret to protect the organisation, it can be revealed today.
Practice Area: Work disputes
Report recommends replacing ageing power lines
Saturday 31 July 2010       AAP       The Age
Victoria's ageing powerlines contributed to three Black Saturday fires and will cause more unless they are fixed, the bushfires royal commission has found.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
The misrule of law
Wednesday 28 July 2010       Elizabeth O'Shea       Lawyer's Weekly
The publication of the Afghan War Diary on Wikileaks has thrown the spotlight on the legal protection of whistleblowers.
Practice Area: Social Justice
'They had no right'
Wednesday 28 July 2010             Herald Sun
Two female air traffic controllers take Federal Court action over claims of sex discrimination and workplace bullying
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
Air controllers launch $2m sex harassment Airservices suit
Wednesday 28 July 2010       Mark Dunn       Herald Sun
Two female air traffic controllers take Federal Court action over claims of sex discrimination and workplace bullying.
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
Porn, bullying in air-traffic controllers' $2m harassment claim
Wednesday 28 July 2010       Ben Schneiders       The Age
Two female air-traffic controllers have accused their government-owned employer of allowing "extreme" sexual discrimination and bullying as part of a $2 million-plus claim.
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
Maurice Blackburn signs up 120 investors in class action over CDO exposure
Friday 23 July 2010       The Australian       The Australian Business Journal
More than 120 institutional and retail investors have signed up for a class action against National Australia Bank.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Multiplex settlement is a bitter-sweet victory
Thursday 22 July 2010       Adele Ferguson       Sydney Morning Herald
ASIC was too conservative in its treatment of Multiplex and too harsh in its treatment of shareholders.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Couple sues over failed Down Syndrome diagnosis
Wednesday 21 July 2010             ABC online
A Melbourne couple is suing the Royal Women's Hospital for damages because doctors failed to diagnose their unborn daughter with Down Syndrome, denying them the choice to have an abortion.
Practice Area: Medical Negligence
Two couples suing doctors for failing to diagnose Down syndrome
Wednesday 21 July 2010       Marianne Betts       Herald Sun
Two Victorian couples are suing doctors for failing to diagnose Down syndrome in their unborn babies, denying them the chance to terminate the pregnancies.
Practice Area: Medical Negligence
Brookfield's $100 Million Wembley Settlement Approved by Australian Court
Wednesday 21 July 2010       Joe Schneider       Bloomberg
Brookfield Multiplex Group’s A$110 million ($97 million) settlement with about 120 individual and institutional investors, who claimed they lost money because the company failed to disclose losses at London’s Wembley Stadium, was approved by the Federal Court of Australia.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Courts OKs $110m Multiplex settlement
Wednesday 21 July 2010       AAP       Trading Room
Investors taking part in a class action against the builder Multiplex Group have had a $110 million settlement approved by the Federal Court.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Multiplex settles $110m class action
Wednesday 21 July 2010             New Lawyer
Law firm Maurice Blackburn today announced that the Multiplex Group has settled claims made against it for a sum of $110 million including legal costs.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Hours cut at Williamstown bakery while sick
Tuesday 20 July 2010       James Twining       Hobsons Bay Leader
A Wiliamstown bakery says it sacked a loyal worker because it was acting in her best interests.
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
Plea for halt on asbestos
Tuesday 20 July 2010       Nicole Precel       Williamstown, Altona, Laverton Star
Demolition work will continue this week at the old Altona West Primary School, after parents raised concerns for their children’s safety from asbestos exposure.
Practice Area: Asbestos Diseases
Time to challenge the virtuous aura around aid
Tuesday 13 July 2010       Editorial       The Australian
World Vision chief executive Tim Costello is right to suggest that the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami was a chaotic happening that made the emergency aid response difficult.
Practice Area: Social Justice
4 banks face lawsuits over class actions
Tuesday 13 July 2010       Alison Bell       Sydney Morning Herald
Four banks face legal action for failing to provide lawyers Maurice Blackburn with information necessary to launch planned class actions to recover as much as $7 billion in bank fees that the firm says is unfair.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Cricketer's heroic return after Dandenong accident
Thursday 08 July 2010       Marion Joseph       Dandenong Leader
Despite watching as part of his right leg and left foot were severed in a broken piece of machinery, Karthik Balachandar still had the presence of mind to phone an ambulance.
Practice Area: Work Related Injuries
Haneef launches legal action against former minister
Thursday 01 July 2010       Alexandra Kirk       ABC Radio PM Program
Mohamed Haneef, the Indian doctor arrested after the London and Glasgow terror attacks three years ago is suing the former immigration minister Kevin Andrews for defamation and wrongful detention.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Mohamed Haneef launches defamation action against former immigration minister Kevin Andrews
Thursday 01 July 2010       AAP       The Australian
Cleared terrorism suspect Mohamed Haneef has launched defamation proceedings against the Howard government's immigration minister Kevin Andrews.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Class action launch
Tuesday 29 June 2010       Kath Gannaway       Mountain Views Mail
Almost a year after fire victims packed a public meeting at Yarra Glen, a class action has been launched in relation to the Kilmore East-Kinglake bushfires.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
St Andrew's woman leads bushfire legal claim
Tuesday 29 June 2010       Elizabeth Allen       Diamond Valley Leader
A former St Andrews woman whose son died defending the family’s Mullers Rd home on Black Saturday will lead a class action against a power company accused of causing the Kilmore East fire.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Global fire fight on Black Saturday pub
Sunday 27 June 2010       Sue Hewitt       Sunday Herald Sun
Two battling Black Saturday victims have been forced to take legal action against global insurance giant Lloyds of London to get a $280,000 payout.
Practice Area: Superannuation & Insurance Claims
AFL players could sue over Docklands surface
Wednesday 23 June 2010             ABC News website
A senior lawyer says AFL players may be able to sue venues if they are injured on the field. The AFL Player's Association has raised concerns that the surface at Docklands is contributing to player injuries.
Practice Area: Work Related Injuries
Sacked security guard reinstated
Wednesday 23 June 2010       Ian Kirkwood       Newcastle Herald
An armoured vehicle driver who was sacked because or an incident in the Maitland Mall was reinstated yesterday after an application to Fair Work Australia.
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
Trapped by legal loophole
Tuesday 22 June 2010       Natasha Johnson       ABC TV 7.30 Report
A woman who lost her husband and was left paralysed by a horrific Egypt bus crash calls for compulsory insurance for outward tour operators.
Practice Area: Superannuation & Insurance Claims
Mass class action on bushfires
Saturday 19 June 2010       John Silvester       The Age
Lawyers acting for Black Saturday fire victims yesterday lodged legal documents in Victoria's biggest class action, alleging a private power company was responsible for a blaze that cost 119 lives.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Sex scandals are not on, corporate Australia warned
Saturday 19 June 2010       Mary-Anne Toy       The Age
Corporate Australia has been put on notice that sexual harassment and other unethical behaviour cannot be tolerated in Australian workplaces.
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
David Jones CEO resigns admitting inappropriate behaviour
Friday 18 June 2010       Scott Alle       ABC Radio PM Program
Women’s fashion is at the heart of the brand called David Jones, and women form the large majority of its workforce.
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
Notes on negligence
Friday 18 June 2010       Anna Walsh and Dr Duncan Graham       Australian Doctor
A GP was recently ordered to pay $300,000 after failing to send a patient with neck pain for a CT scan. Two lawyers who represented the patient explain why the GP was found negligent.
Practice Area: Medical Negligence
Victims disappointed by coroner's findings into fatal bus crash in Egypt
Friday 18 June 2010       Rachel Carbonell       ABC Radio PM Program
Six Australians died, 27 were injured, but no-one’s ever had a cent of compensation.
Practice Area: Compensation & Civil Claims
Victims shell-shocked by Egypt crash findings
Friday 18 June 2010       Rachel Carbonell       ABC website
Survivors of a horrific bus crash in Egypt four years ago say they are shell-shocked by the coronial findings into the fatal crash.
Practice Area: Superannuation & Insurance Claims
War chest to fund battle over fee compensation claim
Friday 18 June 2010       Karen Collier       Herald Sun
The company funding a massive bank fee compensation claim is building a $10 million war chest to fight the financial giants in court.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Operator behind 2006 fatal Cairo bus tour still sending tourists to Egypt
Friday 18 June 2010       Nick Leys       Herald Sun
A Coroner has found that driver fatigue contributed to a fatal bus crash in Egypt in which five Victorians were killed.
Practice Area: Compensation & Civil Claims
Gene patents challenged
Thursday 17 June 2010       News Briefing       Nature, Vol 465, p851
A patent covering cancer-related mutations in the BRCA1 gene has again come under fire, this time in Australia.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Ancient law threatens freedom of speech
Tuesday 15 June 2010       Elizabeth O'Shea       National Times
The High Court of Australia will this week hear a case about freedom of speech and the role of public watchdogs. It is a case, somewhat surprisingly, about tax law, but in a modern capitalist society, this means it is very much about our understanding of democracy. In fact, the outcome will affect Australians' understanding of freedom of speech, the role of government and the nature of political activism.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Banks defend penalty fees: $550m cut
Friday 11 June 2010       Chris Zappone       Brisbane Times
Bank customers can expect to be slugged for half a billion dollars less in penalty fees next financial year, according to the peak banking group.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
SMEs told to shop around as bank fees surge 13% during 2009
Friday 11 June 2010       Patrick Stafford       Smart Company
Businesses must shop around and investigate different banking products before signing up in order to avoid unnecessary fees, an industry expert warns.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Obesity doctor guilty of misconduct
Thursday 10 June 2010             Nine MSN
An obesity doctor has been found guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct over the deaths of two patients who underwent radical weight loss surgery.
Practice Area: Medical Negligence
Victorians leading class-action charge against banks' penalty fees
Wednesday 09 June 2010       Karen Collier       Herald Sun
Victorians are leading a class-action charge against banks accused of greedily grabbing billions of dollars in penalty fees.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Bid to halt patenting of genes
Tuesday 08 June 2010       Jane Lyons       The Age
A landmark court case is set to challenge the legality of an Australian-issued patent for a breast and ovarian cancer gene.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Breast cancer sufferers take gene patents to court
Tuesday 08 June 2010       Meredith Griffiths       ABC AM radio program
An Australian court will be asked today to consider, for the first time, whether or not it's lawful for companies to be able to obtain patents over human genetic material.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Legal fight over breast cancer gene
Tuesday 08 June 2010       Sarah Collerton       ABC Online Investigative Unit
Landmark legal action challenging a patent over breast cancer gene BRCA1 is being launched in Australia today.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Strength in numbers
Tuesday 08 June 2010       Karen Poh       Heidelberg Leader
A Heidelberg resident is taking on one of Australia’s largest banks in a class action to recover what lawyers say were unjust penalty fees.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
The tragic short life of baby Helani
Tuesday 08 June 2010       Michelle Tydd       Illawarra Mercury
Doctors at Wollongong Hospital were unaware for several hours that baby Helani Sirianni's life was draining away from a brain bleed, an inquest heard yesterday.
Practice Area: Medical Negligence
'More than 100' join Gunns class action
Monday 07 June 2010       Northern Tasmania       ABC Online
The law firm preparing a class action against Tasmanian timber company Gunns says it has been contacted by "significantly more than 100 shareholders" who may be eligible.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
One family settles: Another fights on
Saturday 05 June 2010       Mark Bousen       Torres News
One of the families from the Malu Sara tragedy five years ago has settled their claim, while another continues to battle on.
Practice Area: Public Liability
Territory elders mount radioactive legal battle
Friday 04 June 2010       Linsday Murdoch       The Age
Traditional owners have initiated a Federal Court legal challenge to plans by the Rudd government to build Australia's first national radioactive waste dump near Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Legal challenge to nuke dump launched
Thursday 03 June 2010       Daniel Bourchier       Northern Territory News
A legal challenge to the Federal Government's plan to establish a national nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory has been taken to the Federal Court.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Compo for shopping centre parking
Wednesday 02 June 2010       Georgia Main       Channel 7 Today Tonight
Thousands of drivers are being urged to push for a compensation claim because of hefty shopping centre car park fees.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Bullied nurse wins extensive weekly payments
Tuesday 01 June 2010       Katie Findley       Australian Nursing Journal
A registered nurse who endured two years of bullying at work has won a workers compensation claim against a large NSW hospital.
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
Measuring legal expertise
Tuesday 01 June 2010       Greg Walsh       Law Society Journal
A national bar examination could improve the quality of our law schools and their graduates which would be of significant benefit to the legal profession and the wider community.
Practice Area: Social Justice
CBA lags on planner action
Monday 31 May 2010       Darin Tyson-Chan       Investor Daily
Commonwealth Financial Planning has requested additional information on the particulars of the statements of claim made against it by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers on behalf of the ex-clients of a former bank authorised representative.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Strong interest in Gunns class action: lawyers
Monday 31 May 2010       Northern Tasmania       ABC website
Lawyers are pressing ahead with a class action against Tasmanian timber company Gunns, despite the resignation of the company's Chairman.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Teen hit with e-toll charges
Friday 28 May 2010       Dominic Feain       Northern Star
Seventeen-year-old Nicola Kane got the shock of her life when she received four bills totalling $86.56 following her first trip to Brisbane using the Logan Motorway.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Investors agree it's all a matter of class and banks should settle actions over fees
Thursday 27 May 2010       Adele Ferguson       The Age
Australian investors believe the 12 banks facing class actions for allegedly gouging $5 billion in late payments from millions of customers, should break ranks, apologise and settle before the case reaches court.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Fight Back On Bank Rip Offs
Wednesday 26 May 2010       The Australian Workers' Union       The Australian Worker
If you think you have been ripped off by bank fees you may be able to join a class action being proposed by AWU Victorian branch lawyers Maurice Blackburn.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
The man banking on angry Australians
Saturday 22 May 2010       Matthew Drummond       Australian Financial Review
The fees class action, inspired by hatred of the banks, heralds a new minefield for big companies.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Class action could harm corporate Australia
Thursday 20 May 2010       Greg Hoy       ABC TV 7.30 Report
The nation’s largest class action against the big banks has now signed more than 90,000 claimants. But some financial analysts are predicting the case could have ramifications for corporate Australia. So far the banks have not commented on the looming court battle over penalty fees.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Class action threatens Gunns
Thursday 20 May 2010       Courtesy Australian Financial Review       Stock and Land
Gunns faces a threatened class action for failing to disclose material information to the market in the first half of the 2010 financial year, compounding the woes of the Tasmanian timber company as it fends off investor concerns about its performance and a share sale by chairman John Gay.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Gunns faces class action alleging misleading conduct
Thursday 20 May 2010       Geoff Easdown       Herald Sun
Gunns faces the possibility of a multi-million dollar damages claim from a shareholder class action over claims it failed to warn them of a shock profit slump.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Gunns' profit plunge triggers disclosure class action
Thursday 20 May 2010       AAP       The Australian
Law firm Maurice Blackburn is pursuing a class action against woodchipper Gunns, alleging it failed to disclose a significant expected deterioration in its performance.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Lawyer calls for hospital deaths inquiry
Wednesday 19 May 2010             ABC website
A medical negligence lawyer says there should be an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding a series of recent deaths at Sunshine Coast hospitals in south-east Queensland.
Practice Area: Medical Negligence
Dragged into machine
Tuesday 18 May 2010             Mountain Views Mail
An Upper Yarra apprentice’s sporting and professional dreams are on hold after his arm was mangled in a workplace accident.
Practice Area: Work Related Injuries
Law firm opens another front in bank case
Tuesday 18 May 2010       AAP       The Australian
Law firm Maurice Blackburn has opened a second front in its campaign against the banks.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
How three men came together to challenge the banks over fees
Saturday 15 May 2010       Adele Ferguson       Invest Smart, courtesy of The Age
Hugh McLernon first stumbled across the penalty fees that banks were charging two years ago, when a couple of junior lawyers raised the possibility of a class action.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Customers queue to join bank class action
Friday 14 May 2010       Eric Johnston and Adele Ferguson       The Age
Bank customers have rushed to join a landmark legal action against penalty fees, with more than 40,000 people registering their interest to recoup billions in funds paid to banks.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Time for a halt to hostilities?
Friday 14 May 2010       Steve Walsh       Australian Doctor letter to editor
Doctors such as Dr Jon Fogerty have ever right to be frustrated by the demands made by insurance companies.
Practice Area: Work Related Injuries
40,000 sign up to sue banks over fees
Friday 14 May 2010       Richard Gluyas       The Australian
Almost 40,000 bank customers have registered for the nation's biggest class action, with litigation funder IMF Australia expecting to sign up 250,000 to 500,000 claimants seeking reimbursement of "exorbitant" exception fees.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Thousands sign up for bank fees class action
Thursday 13 May 2010       Shane McLeod       AM, ABC Radio
The litigation funding company that's targeting the big banks over penalty fees says it's been overwhelmed by the public response.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
100,000 tipped to take on big banks
Thursday 13 May 2010       James Massola       Canberra Times
More than 100,000 people are expected to sign up to a class action against bank "exception" fees that could return more than $200 million to the hip pockets of Australians.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Bad Medicine
Wednesday 12 May 2010       Stephanie Osfield       Madison magazine June 2010 edition
When 16-year-old Vanessa Anderson was admitted to Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital on November 6, 2005, her family had no idea she was already living on borrowed time.
Practice Area: Medical Negligence
Banks face multi-billion dollar class action over charging 'unfair' fees
Wednesday 12 May 2010       Ben Butler       Herald Sun
Australian banks are facing a multi-billion dollar class action for allegedly unfair over-limit and late-payment fees paid by customers over the past six years.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Class action launched over bank fees
Wednesday 12 May 2010       Hamish Fitzsimmons       ABC TV Lateline
A class action is being launched in Australia against local and foreign banks for repayment of dishonour and late fees.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Class action to chase banks for fees
Wednesday 12 May 2010             ABC Online
A class action is being launched in Australia against local and foreign banks for repayment of dishonour and late fees.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Yarra Ranges apprentice mangles arm in metal lathe at TAFE
Monday 10 May 2010       Alex Munro       Lilydale and Yarra Valley Leader
The dreams of McMahons Creek apprentice Patrick Twigg are in tatters after his arm and hand were caught and smashed in a lathe while studying at TAFE.
Practice Area: Work Related Injuries
Law firm Maurice Blackburn extends class action on TPI
Thursday 06 May 2010       AAP       The Australian
Law firm Maurice Blackburn is expanding a potential class action against waste management company Transpacific Industries Group (TPI).
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Class action rescued from uncertainty
Wednesday 05 May 2010       James Eyres       Australian Financial Review
Uncertainty about litigation funding and class actions has been eased after Corporate Law Minister Chris Bowen said the government would not impose additional regulations on the industry.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Worker sues over lack of training
Tuesday 04 May 2010       Adam Wratten       Rockhampton Morning Bulletin
A Rockhampton aged care worker who suffered serious injuries when she tried to help a large man who fell while going to the toilet is suing her former boss for nearly $450,000.
Practice Area: Work Related Injuries
Bricklayer Chris Parmangos wins compo after systemic scleroderma problems
Wednesday 28 April 2010       Joanne Vella       Canterbury-Bankstown Express
A Bankstown man who became ill after contracting systemic scleroderma has been awarded compensation.
Practice Area: Work Related Injuries
Deadly dust
Wednesday 28 April 2010             Bankstown-Canterbury Torch
Trades people who suffer from the auto immune disease Systemic Sclemdemia have won the right to go to the Dust Diseases Board for compensation after a landmark appeal by former Banmkstown brickie Chris Parmangos.
Practice Area: Work Related Injuries
Hoons couldn't care less
Tuesday 20 April 2010       Geraldine Collins       Melton Leader
Anyone travelling at 200km/h doesn't care about themselves or any other road user.
Practice Area: Road Accident Injuries
Dumped at Heathrow, deportee died of overdose, Coroner rules
Monday 19 April 2010       Joel Gibson       Sydney Morning Herald
A depressed father with known drug and alcohol problems died from a heroin overdose two days after Australia deported him to Britain and left him at Heathrow Airport.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Students may file TAFE claim
Monday 19 April 2010       Cameron Lucadou-Wells       Cranbourne Journal
Two international students allegedly paid as little as $3.33 an hour while working for a Cranbourne tiler may take legal action against their TAFE for a breach of a duty of care.
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
Judge calls into question injury assessment
Tuesday 13 April 2010             The New Lawyer
A Victorian Supreme Court judge has given hope to injured people seeking compensation after he called into question a complex system of injury assessment.
Practice Area: Work Related Injuries
'Damned if you do, damned if you don't'
Friday 09 April 2010       Michael East       Australian Doctor
The rural GP ordered to pay a patient $290,542 after he failed to diagnose her spinal condition says GPs are "damned if they do and damned if they don't" practise defensive medicine.
Practice Area: Medical Negligence
Compo row angers man who cut arm off
Tuesday 06 April 2010       Rosemary Bolger       Hume Weekly
A Roxburgh Park man who cut his arm off to avoid being sucked into a rock crusher at a Laverton North factory has blasted the state’s insurance scheme for workers.
Practice Area: Work Related Injuries
Patients pursue doctor, hospitals over care
Tuesday 06 April 2010       Kim Agius       Brisbane Times
Nine patients who had radical weight loss surgery plan to sue a doctor and two private hospitals claiming they suffered brain damage, infections and malnutrition.
Practice Area: Medical Negligence
Student tilers allegedly paid $3.34 a hour
Friday 02 April 2010       Ben Schneiders       The Age
Two overseas students employed as tilers in Melbourne's outer east were paid as little as $3.34 an hour, they allege.
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
Losses blamed on CBA advice
Thursday 01 April 2010       Kate Lahey       Sydney Morning Herald
Seven people, including a couple aged in their 80s, have begun legal action against the Commonwealth Bank's financial planning business, seeking $4.3 million they say they lost through bad investment advice.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
A wet blanket over claims
Wednesday 31 March 2010       Lesley Parker       The Age
Whether you're covered for damage in wet weather often depends on definitions of 'flood' and 'storm'.
Practice Area: Superannuation & Insurance Claims
Clients sue Commonwealth Financial Planning
Wednesday 31 March 2010       Darin Tyson-Chan       Investor Daily
Legal firm Maurice Blackburn is acting for seven individuals who lost a combined total of $4.3 million as a result of advice given by former Commonwealth Financial Planning adviser Don Nguyen.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Investors suing Commonwealth Bank financial planner
Wednesday 31 March 2010       AAP       Herald Sun
Some investors are suing the Commonwealth Bank's financial planning arm in the NSW Supreme Court, claiming that they lost millions of dollars as a result of receiving allegedly negligent advice.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Whistleblower in court fight to protect identity
Wednesday 31 March 2010       Ben Butler       Herald Sun
An anonymous whistleblower who told authorities about cost blowouts at development giant Multiplex's disastrous Wembley Stadium project has taken court action to protect their identity.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Bali victim's mum wins damages
Tuesday 30 March 2010       Adam Cresswell       The Australian
A woman whose 29-year-old son died in the 2002 Bali bombings has won damages of $290,000 after a doctor's failure to spot a spinal problem left her a partial quadriplegic.
Practice Area: Medical Negligence
Fears negligence win will lead to GP over-servicing
Tuesday 30 March 2010       Ashley Hall       ABC AM Radio
The Australian Medical Association is concerned that negligence litigation is putting pressure on doctors to conduct more tests than are necessary.
Practice Area: Medical Negligence
File your claim ASAP
Tuesday 30 March 2010       Carolyn Kovac       Heidelberg Leader
I am sure many readers were alarmed to hear about Therese Finn's injuries when travelling on a bus recently (Passengers rough ride, Leader, March 16).
Practice Area: Road Accident Injuries
Litigation fears putting pressure on doctors
Tuesday 30 March 2010       Ashley Hall       ABC News
The Australian Medical Association (AMA) is concerned that negligence litigation is putting pressure on doctors to conduct more tests than are necessary.
Practice Area: Medical Negligence
$290,000 payout against doctor
Tuesday 30 March 2010       Rebekah Holliday       The Daily Advertiser
A Leeton woman has been awarded almost $300,000 by NSW Supreme Court after winning a medical negligence claim against her local doctor yesterday.
Practice Area: Medical Negligence
CMC decision on Malu Sara 'disappointing'
Sunday 28 March 2010             Torres News
The decision by the Crime and Misconduct Commission not to conduct an independent inquiry - into how police handled the investigation that followed the Malu Sara tragedy - has been described as “disappointing”.
Practice Area: Public Liability
Auditor to be sued by OZ Minerals
Saturday 27 March 2010       Elisabeth Sexton       Sydney Morning Herald
OZ Minerals will sue its auditor, KPMG, as part of its defence to a shareholder class action over how it disclosed its borrowings in 2008.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
I molti sapori dell'armonia
Wednesday 24 March 2010             Il Globo
MELBOURNE - Si è conclusa domenica scorsa la settimana di A Taste of Harmony (AToH), manifestazione 80ttO it cui nome si raccolgono numerosi eventi, accomunati dall intento di celebrare la diversità culturale suI posto di lavoro attraverso un elemento unificante come il cibo.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Amcor rejects hefty damages claim estimate
Saturday 20 March 2010       Elisabeth Sexton       The Age
Packaging customers of Amcor Ltd potentially suffered damages of $466 million during the five years of an alleged price-fixing cartel with Visy Industries, according to a professor in law and economics from the University of California Berkeley.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
The rise and rise of Mr Fixit
Saturday 20 March 2010       Katharine Murphy       The Age
Josh Bornstein worries about his good mate Greg Combet. When Combet told him he would be making the transition from running the trade union movement to the bear pit of federal politics, Bornstein's instinctive response was nervousness.
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
Amcor disputes $466m price-fix claim
Saturday 20 March 2010       Trevor Chappell       Herald Sun
Amcor has rejected a $466 million estimation of damages by an expert retained by claimants in a class action against the packaging giant over alleged price-fixing.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Maurice Blackburn to see through charity case
Wednesday 17 March 2010             The New Lawyer
The High Court has granted the charity AidWatch special leave to appeal, giving the organisation the chance to run a test case to clarify the definition of charity.
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
Charity to challenge tax ruling
Saturday 13 March 2010       Rowan Callick       The Australian
A charity group that was stripped of its favourable tax status because of its political activism has won the right to appeal against the decision to the full High Court.
Practice Area: Social Justice
TAC forced to pay up
Thursday 11 March 2010             Bendigo Advertiser
Eleven years ago, diesel mechanic Darren Pearce was seriously injured in a motorbike accident.
Practice Area: Road Accident Injuries
Transpacific facing class action from law firm Maurice Blackburn and IMF (Australia)
Thursday 11 March 2010       AAP       The Australian
Law firm Maurice Blackburn and litigation funder IMF (Australia) are considering a shareholder class action against waste management company Transpacific Industries Group.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Class action threat for Transpacific
Tuesday 09 March 2010       Trevor Chappell       Courier Mail
Law firm Maurice Blackburn and litigation funder IMF are considering a shareholder class action against waste management company Transpacific Industries Group (TPI).
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Know your legal rights on public transport
Tuesday 09 March 2010       Michelle Carnovale       Waverley Leader
When Margery Joan fell on a tram in 2006, she was not aware of how to claim compensation for her injuries.
Practice Area: Road Accident Injuries
Transpacific could face class action
Tuesday 09 March 2010       Alex Boxsell       Australian Financial Review
Waste management company Transpacific Industries could face a class action lawsuit over allegations it engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Class actions adrift in uncertain waters
Friday 05 March 2010       Rachel Nickless and Hannah Low       Australian Financial Review
Treasury wil meet representatives from the class action industry next week to map out a new regulatory structure for litigation funding.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Human rights under threat
Friday 26 February 2010             The New Lawyer
Increased security measures outlined in the Government’s Counter Terrorism White Paper could potentially breach human rights according to lawyers involved in several high profile national security cases.
Practice Area: Social Justice
Bullied victims have help
Tuesday 23 February 2010       Kim Shaw       Progress Leader letter to editor
Like many people who have read about the case of Brodie Panlock in the media recently, i am very disturbed that a young woman took her own life after being bullied at work.
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
Dangerous tests
Thursday 18 February 2010       John Berrill       The Age (letters)
The revelation that insurer NIB is seeking to offer cut-price genetic tests is a wake-up call to us all.
Practice Area: Superannuation & Insurance Claims
AWB settles on payout
Tuesday 16 February 2010       Elisabeth Sexton       The Age
Shares in grain exporter AWB leapt 9 per cent yesterday after the company's lawyers removed the uncertainty of litigation over the Iraqi kickbacks scandal by settling a shareholder class action.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Farmers all class in AWB settlement
Tuesday 16 February 2010       Marsha Jacobs       Australian Financial Review
Their smiles said it all. From the moment retired wheat farmers John and Kaye Watson and their legal team stepped out of the elevator at the Federal Cour in Sydney yesterday, it was obvious something was up.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
AWB settles class action case for $39.5m
Tuesday 16 February 2010       Rebecca Urban       The Australian
Grains exporter AWB has settled a potential $100 million-plus class action brought by investors who claimed to be kept in the dark over secret payments to Iraqi companies, marking an end to the company's legal battles in Australia.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
AWB ends Iraqi kickback saga
Monday 15 February 2010       AAP       Herald-Sun
The AWB has ended its legal battle over kickbacks paid to Saddam Hussein's regime, paying out nearly $40 million compensation to shareholders.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
AWB Settles Iraqi Kickbacks Suit For $35 Million
Monday 15 February 2010       Ray Brindal       Wall Street Journal
More than four years after its involvement in the Iraqi kickbacks scandal came to light, Australian agribusiness AWB Ltd. on Monday agreed to conditionally settle an Australian lawsuit over the matter for 39.5 million Australian dollars (US$35 million).
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
AWB to pay $40 million
Monday 15 February 2010       Cameron Wilson       ABC Rural
AWB Ltd has agreed to pay almost $40 million to shareholders to settle a class action.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
AWB in talks to find a settlement over class action
Friday 12 February 2010       Elisabeth Sexton       Sydney Morning Herald
The grains exporter AWB has been trying to settle the $100 million shareholder class action over its dealings with Saddam Hussein's regime, which began in the Federal Court on Wednesday.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
AWB 'open-minded' on $100m settlement
Friday 12 February 2010       Elisabeth Sexton       The Age
Grains exporter AWB has been trying to settle the $100 million shareholder class action over its dealings with Saddam Hussein's Iraq regime.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
AWB deceived shareholders, court told
Wednesday 10 February 2010       Jamelle Wells       ABC News website
A Federal Court hearing is underway for thousands of shareholders seeking compensation from the Australian Wheat Board (AWB) for its failure to disclose kickbacks to Iraq.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Bullied at work
Wednesday 10 February 2010       Angela Thompson       South Coast Register
The region’s health service will pay up to $304,000 in lost wages to a nurse who ended her decades-long career because she was bullied by her boss, a commission has ruled.
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
Class action hearing begins against AWB
Wednesday 10 February 2010       ABC Rural       ABC News
Lawyers have begun putting their case in the latest class action against AWB in the Federal Court in Sydney.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Father of Malu Sara victim seeks compo
Wednesday 10 February 2010       Evan Schwarten       Sydney Morning Herald
Lawyers for the family of a Torres Strait woman among five people killed when a leaky immigration vessel sank in 2005, may be close to a compensation settlement with the federal government.
Practice Area: Public Liability
Malu Sara compensation hearing
Wednesday 10 February 2010       Alita Pashley       Cairns Post
The first of three grieving families faces mediation in Cairns today in a bid to receive compensation a year after the coroner labelled the sinking of the Malu Sara an "avoidable accident".
Practice Area: Public Liability
Class action against AWB to open in Federal Court
Monday 08 February 2010       Susannah Moran       The Australian
The long-awaited $100 million class action against AWB will begin tomorrow in the Federal Court, with claims the wheat export company breached its continuous disclosure obligations by keeping secret payments made to Iraqi companies.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
AWB $100m class action to begin this week
Monday 08 February 2010             Sydney Morning Herald website
A class action against agribusiness company AWB involving more than 1000 shareholders seeking compensation for its failure to disclose Iraqi kickbacks begins in the Federal Court on Wednesday.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Dying man wins insurance justice
Saturday 06 February 2010       Henry Tuttiett       The Cairns Post
Tony Bathman is losing his battle with cancer, but yesterday won a year long fight with his insurance company to make good on his income protection policy.
Practice Area: Superannuation & Insurance Claims
Refreshing CSR call
Friday 05 February 2010       Andrew Dimsey       Australain Financial Review
Every day I see the terrible consequences of asbestos dust exposure in my work as a lawyer representing people affected by asbestos-related disease.
Practice Area: Asbestos Diseases
Tennis guard waits for cash
Thursday 04 February 2010       Ben Schneiders       The Age
A Pakistani student paid just $1.26 an hour to work at the Australian Open is still waiting for compensation despite a court order awarding him nearly $120,000 in back pay and penalties
Practice Area: Employment & Industrial Law
Think before you drive
Monday 01 February 2010       Canda Glanville       Frankston Standard Leader
Your story "Drivers cop tickets" (Leader, January 4) paints a heartbreaking picture of some people's attitudes to the dangers of driving.
Practice Area: Road Accident Injuries
Travellers' rights on public transport
Monday 01 February 2010       D Hughes, letter to the editor       Fifty-Plus News
In the December 2009 issue of Fifty-Plus News I read the article 'legal rights and public transport accidents'with interest.
Practice Area: Road Accident Injuries
Lawyers want to extend deadline on Black Saturday claims
Friday 29 January 2010       Selma Milovanovic       The Age
Personal injury lawyers are calling on the TAC to extend its deadline on lodging compensation claims related to the Black Saturday bushfires to ensure people do not miss out.
Practice Area: Road Accident Injuries
Professor launches scathing attack on bowel cancer program
Friday 29 January 2010       Julia Medew       The Age
Australia's $103 million bowel cancer screening program has lulled people into a false sense of security about the disease and should be overhauled, says the former president of the Australian Medical Association, Kerryn Phelps.
Practice Area: Medical Negligence
St Joseph’s bully row in court
Thursday 28 January 2010       Tessa Hoffman       Moreland Leader
St Joseph's College in Pascoe Vale South has denied a former student’s claims that bullying at the school drove him to attempt suicide - and says the student was partly to blame.
Practice Area: Compensation & Civil Claims
Mother vows to fight for law change over death of unborn child
Monday 25 January 2010       Adrian Lowe       Tha Age
Every second Sunday, Nancy Asani visits the grave of the daughter she never saw alive.
Practice Area: Road Accident Injuries
Shareholder rights eroded
Wednesday 20 January 2010       Ben Butler and Neil Wilson       The Herald Sun
The Federal Government has ignored advice from its own advisers by intending to take away the right of shareholders to compensation in some company collapses.
Practice Area: Class Actions & Major Projects
Dills keep on driving
Tuesday 05 January 2010       Geraldine Collins       Melton Leader
"Your story about the Melton woman caught speeding with baby, toddler loose in the car is of great concern, but unfortunately it is not suprising."
Practice Area: Road Accident Injuries