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.

Class action relating to cladding installed on buildings – Adequacy of alleged common questions – Substantial amendments to originating application and statement of claim (including common questions) – Costs thrown away – Whether costs thrown away should be payable forthwith 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

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

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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 previous Practice Note issued on 25 October 2016. The changes include: 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

Class actions – Settlement approval – Settlement approved – Consideration of the application of cy-près doctrine or analogous principles in relation t... Read more

Common fund orders – Appeal from finding that Federal Court and Supreme Court of New South Wales have power to make interlocutory common fund orders u... Read more

Vince Morabito’s latest paper addresses a number of facts concerning shareholder class actions in Australia, finding that much commentary on class act... Read more


Competing class actions – Proposal by plaintiffs for consolidation and joint representation – Consolidation ordered – Joint representation refused Read more

Class action on behalf of women surgically implanted with synthetic mesh – Claims based on defective goods, misleading or deceptive conduct and neglig... Read more

Shareholder class action – Whether respondent had reasonable basis for earnings guidance – Availability of market-based causation Read more

Application for leave to appeal from multiplicity / carriage judgment – Whether commencement of second or subsequent open class action constitutes abu... Read more

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