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.

Australia’s class action regime continues to come under attack from a Federal Government seemingly intent on doing whatever it can get away with in order to diminish Australia’s effective class action regime, and in turn provide a free pass for corporate wrongdoing. Read more

Judge finds that units held in trust are considered securities and are indemnified by insurance coverage. Read more

Court finds that shareholders are entitled to access documents to properly investigate liability. Read more

Judge finds that Montara was negligent and owed a duty of care to local seaweed farmers when suspending operations at an oil well. Read more

Court finds that there are recoverability issues due to the defendant being in liquidation for the entirety of the proceeding, and that class members ... Read more

 

HCA finds a first to file rule would be “unworkable” and lead to an “ugly rush” to the court door. Read more

Court finds that judge might not bring an impartial mind to the proceedings, decides that it is inappropriate for the same judge to hear both proceedi... Read more

Court approves settlement subject to a cap on total costs and commission, to ensure that class members aren’t worse off after disbursement. Read more

Justice White finds that the court does not have the power to make class closure orders prior to settlement or judgement. Read more

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Federal Court finds the respondent has limited financial means to pay the settlement, however the low amount still provides for registered class members to receive 100% of their losses. Read more

Federal Court of Australia finds that there is a claim against two insurers for rectification of ‘Side C’ insurance cover, but remains unconvinced tha... Read more

‘Add on’ insurance class action – Settlement approval – Power of court to make common fund order at settlement – Sources of power Read more

Federal Court decides that further investigative efforts in this case are a ‘case of throwing good money after bad’ and approves a lower than expected... Read more

Federal Court finds that on applications for security, the merits of a particular case should be treated as a neutral factor. In this particular case,... Read more

 

Judge decides that the class action against AMP life insurance products will be a joint conduct of a consolidated proceeding by both applicants’ firms... Read more

Federal Court of Australia finds that solicitors and counsel did not breach Hearne v Street obligation by using pleadings from earlier proceedings tha... Read more

Judiciary grapples with the disbursement of settlements between insured losses (paid to insurers) and uninsured losses (paid directly to class members... Read more

Judiciary grapples with the disbursement of settlements between insured losses (paid to insurers) and uninsured losses (paid directly to class members... Read more

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