Class actions

We're Australia's leading class action practice with an unparalleled record,
having obtained more than $2.6 billion for our clients.

Our class actions

About class actions

What is a class action?

Class actions provide a powerful voice to those who otherwise would be denied any measure of justice and redress. They are an important part of the legal system that enables disputes and claims involving potentially large numbers of people to be resolved in a single case, allowing ordinary Australians to hold large and powerful organisations accountable when they have engaged in serious misconduct.

How do class actions work?

Where seven or more people have claims that arise out of similar circumstances, a class action can be brought by one claimant on their own behalf and as a representative of others. The class action process saves time and expense and avoids the need for the courts to determine common issues of fact or law more than once, enabling disputes and claims involving large numbers of people to be resolved via a single case.

What are the benefits of joining a class action?

Class actions allow victims of mass wrongs to group together to protect their rights and fight for fair compensation. They allow the recovery of losses more fairly and efficiently, and at less individual cost.

Often, one individual lacks the resources to take on a large corporation. But if enough individuals have experienced the same wrongdoing, collectively they can become a powerful force and strong voice for justice.

Class actions are a force for greater corporate and social responsibility and accountability and all Australian consumers and businesses can potentially benefit from their outcomes.

What does it cost to join a class action?

Class actions are run on a 'no win, no fee'* fee basis and signing up will not expose you to any out of pocket costs, even if the legal proceedings are not successful. The law firm or litigation funder will bear the costs and the risks in running the case – not the participating group members.

Maurice Blackburn's class action
record is second to none.

$100m+

We are the only Australian class actions firm to deliver $100M+ settlements to clients in shareholder and listed securities actions, and have done so on seven occasions.

$2.6bn

We've recovered in excess of $2.6 billion for wronged clients since the inception of our class actions practice in 1998.

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Australian leaders.

Our reputation for excellence in class actions is unparalleled, increasing our chances of:

Better returns

Faster recovery

Lower cost to clients

Class action types

Misleading shareholders

When companies engage in misleading or deceptive conduct, their actions can imperil shareholders' financial futures. Maurice Blackburn has run class actions relating to disclosure issues and misleading and deceptive conduct by companies in takeovers, in prospectuses and in ASX releases. We are the only Australian law firm to have resolved shareholder and listed securities class actions for in excess of $100 million, and have done so seven times now.

Unfair selling practices

Consumers are protected by law against unfair and deceptive sales practices. Maurice Blackburn has pursued class actions on behalf of Australian consumers, in cases where retailers have engaged in unfair or deceptive practices. Examples include the unfair bank fees case and the Cash Converters payday lending case.

Price fixing and market rigging

Price fixing and market rigging can impact on the livelihoods of both small Australian businesses and national companies. Maurice Blackburn has pursued class actions on behalf of Australian businesses and customers, including against Amcor Visy and Air Cargo class actions.

Negligence

When an avoidable disaster impacts on large numbers of people, a negligence class action provides an avenue for victims to seek restitution. Maurice Blackburn has pursued class actions on behalf of victims of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, the 2009 oil spill in the Timor Sea, and the 2011 Queensland floods.

Selling defective products

Defective medical products can cause serious injury, ongoing health problems and diminished quality of life. Maurice Blackburn class actions have pursued restitution from companies and corporations whose defective breast, knee and hip implant products have caused significant suffering for Australian patients.

Mistreatment of vulnerable people

We have a responsibility to give a voice to vulnerable people who suffer at the hands of those who are more powerful. Maurice Blackburn has pursued class actions on behalf of disabled residents mistreated in care, victims of abuse in detention facilities, and falsely imprisoned youths.

Andrew Watson

National Head of Class Actions, Class actions

"I'm an experienced litigator in class actions, particularly for shareholders who have been victims of corporate misconduct."

Rebecca Gilsenan

Principal Lawyer, Class actions

"I have extensive experience in running complex and novel litigation, including class actions in the areas of price fixing, failed investment schemes, product liability and securities."

Brooke Dellavedova

Principal Lawyer, Class actions

"I am passionate about getting the best possible outcome for my clients and class actions provides an excellent opportunity for claimants to band together to bring claims they might not be able to bring on their own."

Ben Slade

State Managing Principal, Office leader, Class actions

"I am driven to give a voice to those who would otherwise have to suffer because those who have done them wrong are all too powerful."

Vavaa Mawuli

Principal, Class actions

"The most rewarding thing about my work is the change in scale of what we are able to accomplish."

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