Amcor urged to talk: Maurice Blackburn

19 March 2010
Leading national class action law firm Maurice Blackburn today expressed disappointment that Amcor has said that it will continue to vigorously defend the corrugated fibreboard packaging (CFP) class action rather than addressing its customers' claims.

Maurice Blackburn commenced the class action in April 2006 and has been representing the interests of thousands of companies through a series of court disputes with Amcor and Visy since then. The claimant's evidence has now been filed in court and the trial is fixed to commence in March 2011.

Maurice Blackburn Principal, Mr Ben Slade, said he expected the class action group members, being mainly customers of Amcor and Visy, to be disappointed that Amcor insists on continuing to vigorously defend the claim when the cartel was originally exposed by Amcor's revelations to the ACCC. Visy, its partner in this cartel, has pleaded guilty to cartel conduct and has paid a $36m fine.

Mr Slade added: "It is time for Amcor and Visy to work with us to resolve their customers' claims and to ensure that they get reasonable compensation for their losses.  If they will not do so, the case will go to trial."