Class Actions Landscape Australia

Welcome to our regular series of insights into the rapidly evolving Australian class action landscape, brought to you by the nation's leading class action experts at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.

As you delve through the cases and information in the latest edition of the CALA Report, it is useful to understand the broader context that surrounds the contents of this report, especially for our international audience. Read more

The Justice Legislation Miscellaneous Amendments Bill 2019 (Vic) is currently before the Victorian Parliament. Read more

Settlement approval – Funding equalisation mechanism – Power to make common fund orders at settlement approval under s 33V – Desirability of making co... Read more

Regulatory proceeding commenced by ASIC – Six week trial due to commence on 9 June 2020 – Related class action to be heard sequentially, with trial sc... Read more

Shareholder class action – Settlement approval – Approval of legal costs and applicant’s reimbursement payment – Whether appropriate to make an order ... Read more

 

On 17 April 2020, the High Court granted special leave to appeal from the decision of the Court of Appeal in regards to carriage of the AMP shareholde... Read more

This decision arises from the pelvic mesh class actions against Johnson & Johnson. Read more

Class action relating to cladding installed on buildings – Adequacy of alleged common questions – Substantial amendments to originating application an... Read more

Shareholder class action – Concurrent criminal proceedings in Brazil arising out of same facts – Application by respondent to stay class action pendin... Read more

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Settlement approval – Approval of applicant’s legal costs and reimbursement payment – Appointment of applicant’s solicitors as scheme administrator Read more

Class action by Banksia debenture holders against Banksia and others – Third party claim by Banksia against insurance broker – Settlement of third par... Read more

Appropriate orders to be made following Andrianakis v Uber Technologies Inc (Ruling No 1) [2019] VSC 850, including as to costs – Whether plaintiff sh... Read more

Common fund order set aside by High Court – Whether Court has power to make a cognate order at the conclusion of the proceeding – Notice of current fu... Read more

Shareholder class action – Settlement approval – Common fund v funding equalisation order – Whether adequate notice of proposed settlement distributio... Read more

 

Application for leave to appeal from orders for discovery / production of audit files – Privilege against self-incrimination or exposure to a penalty ... Read more

Appeal from orders of primary judge relieving former employees of contractual obligations of confidentiality – Whether primary judge applied the prope... Read more

On 20 December 2019 the Federal Court issued a new Class Actions Practice Note (GPN-CA). The new Practice Note contains several changes from the previ... Read more

Uber class action – Tort of conspiracy by unlawful means – Application by Australian defendants to strike out amended statement of claim, or for an or... Read more

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