Class Actions Landscape Australia

Welcome to the first in a 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.

The increasing dilemma of how to manage competing class actions continues as the Maurice Blackburn Lawyers' appeal against having its case stayed is partially upheld, with consolidation foreshadowed as the way forward for plaintiffs to take on BHP in this shareholder class action. The appeal comes after the primary jud... Read more

The Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Victoria have entered into a protocol for dealing with competing class actions commenced in the respective ... Read more

This shareholder action sees the Court determine whether two competing class actions – both with substantial bookbuild – should be consolidated, staye... Read more

The power of courts to make 'common fund' orders will, it seems, remain uncertain for a little while longer, after the High Court, on 15 May 2019, gra... Read more

Australia's 'loser pays' or adverse costs system is largely credited as being a major deterrent to the spate of spurious class actions maligned in oth... Read more


The Australian class action process ensures the Court retains excellent safeguards for group members, one of which is the ability to object to propose... Read more

The arrest of 19 Crown Casino employees in China in 2016 and subsequent 'guilty' plea to criminal offences related to the illegal promotion of gamblin... Read more

With some institutional investors leaving things late before participating, this ruling – and the class closure rulings in the QBE shareholder class a... Read more

In a partially successful prosecution, ASIC takes on former listed vocational education provider Vocation regarding whether the company engaged in mis... Read more

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An application by Deloitte partners to be excused from compliance with, or otherwise to discharge an order requiring them to produce documents was dismissed with order for costs on standard basis. Read more

Class action on behalf of Dick Smith shareholders against auditor (Deloitte) – Application by Deloitte to strike out plaintiffs' pleading – Whether pl... Read more

Class action against Pitcher Partners (as auditor of Slater & Gordon Ltd) – Pleading of 'apportionable' claims only – Cross-claims by Pitcher Partners... Read more

Class action under the Fair Work Act – Effect of s 570 of the Fair Work Act on the making of costs orders – Whether presence of a litigation funder is... Read more

An application by Clayton Utz for 'hard' class closure order was dismissed as 'wholly inappropriate'. Read more


Bushfire class actions are hard to run and harder to win, a lesson Maddens learned the hard way with its proceeding summarily dismissed as having no r... Read more

In response to the frenzy of anti-suit activity brought about by the AMP carriage battle, a protocol for communication and cooperation between the Sup... Read more

From five competing plaintiff class actions down to one – this report covers the relevant factors in resolving the multiplicity of proceedings in the ... Read more

In an historic joint sitting of the Federal Court and the New South Wales Supreme Court, critical class action issues including whether court has powe... Read more

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