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.

Shareholder class action – Security for costs – Whether deeds of indemnity from foreign insurers will provide adequate security – Whether applicant should be permitted to replace previous security provided by payment into Court with deeds of indemnity Read more

VW ‘dieselgate’ class action – Application by respondents for confidentiality orders to protect identity of individual wrongdoers and trade secrets – ... Read more

Shareholder class action – Concurrent ASIC regulatory proceeding raising same or similar issues – Trial of class action to commence immediately after ... Read more

Shareholder class action – Concurrent ASIC regulatory proceeding raising same or similar issues – Trial of class action to commence immediately after ... Read more

Settlement approval – Approval of funders’ commission rate, applicants’ reimbursement payment, and applicants’ legal costs – Approval granted Read more

 

Application for leave to appeal from refusal of ‘costs capping’ orders – Neither Décor limb made out – Leave to appeal refused Read more

Application for leave to appeal from refusal of ‘costs capping’ orders – Neither Décor limb made out – Leave to appeal refused Read more

The increasing dilemma of how to manage competing class actions continues as the Maurice Blackburn Lawyers' appeal against having its case stayed is p... 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

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This shareholder action sees the Court determine whether two competing class actions – both with substantial bookbuild – should be consolidated, stayed or proceed, and on what terms. The case judge also deals with applying a common fund order and rejects attempts by the defendant to cost-cap the work of plaintiff lawye... 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

An application by Deloitte partners to be excused from compliance with, or otherwise to discharge an order requiring them to produce documents was dis... 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

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Principal Lawyer, Class actions, Melbourne

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State Managing Principal, Office Leader, Class actions, Sydney

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Principal Lawyer, Class actions, Sydney

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