The High Court of Australia today agreed to expedite an appeal by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers regarding a Federal Court ruling against group members made in December, in respect of some of the fees ANZ Bank would have to defend in the nationwide class action series against bank exception fees.
Speaking from outside the High Court in Canberra today, Senior Associate from Maurice Blackburn, Paul Gillett, said it was an important victory for those involved in the class action.
"Today's decision will allow this appeal to bypass the Full Federal Court and ensure the appeal gets straight to where it ultimately needs to be heard, in the High Court of Australia," Mr Gillett said.
"This decision will save time, money and resources for the courts and the parties involved, allowing everyone's energies to be better spent.
"These class actions against unfair bank charges are the largest in Australia's history - more than $220 million for fees charged against around 170,000 customers from eight banks - and it continues to grow."