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 against Pitcher Partners (as auditor of Slater & Gordon Ltd) – Pleading of 'apportionable' claims only – Cross-claims by Pitcher Partners against directors of Slater & Gordon – Whether cross-claims futile – Whether cross-claims should be dismissed or struck-out 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

This MCI class action was purportedly discontinued without approval under s 33V – this update regards an application to approve discontinuance and to ... Read more

Securities class action – Timing and form of opt out notices Read more

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In this judgment, Lee J made orders approving a settlement of the Queensland Cash Converters (cash advances) class action, appointing the lawyers as the appropriate claims administrator and making observations about the inclusion of ‘conditions precedent’ in settlement deeds. Read more

When Piper Alderman ran into difficulty with its key expert witness just prior to trial in the Discovery Metals shareholder class action, its applicat... Read more

In the Bellamy’s shareholder matter there are parallel securities class actions running and this issue concerns the respondent applying for ‘costs-cap... Read more

When filing a class action, it is important to get your pleadings right. This Federal Court interaction concerns the Court’s view regarding the purpos... Read more

In this judgment, Jagot J gave brief reasons for her approval of a settlement of this proceeding. Read more


This judgment followed orders made on 14 December 2017 and 22 June 2018 and concerns the approval of the schemes of arrangement (Schemes) and settleme... Read more

Appropriate costs orders following dismissal of the Octaviar class action – Application for costs orders against lead applicant and funder, jointly an... Read more

In late January 2019, Professor Morabito published his latest empirical paper on the class actions regime. Read more

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