Protecting communities

Can the courts be used to punish or prevent opposing points of view? Should a corporate bully be allowed to silence protest using the courts? What is the true cost of brown coal electricity and who ends up paying the price?

These are the sorts of questions that we think need to be asked and answered in a public forum and decided transparently by the courts.  Maurice Blackburn has been leading the way in cases of social responsibility for nearly 100 years and continues to fight to protect our communities.

Among the work we have done to help protect communities, Maurice Blackburn successfully represented Enough Pokies in Castlemaine (EPIC) in its fight against more poker machines being allowed in the Victorian country town.

EPIC represented 1,500 people from the 7,000 locals, and included a broad cross-section of the Castlemaine community. The case was successful at VCAT in what was a significant win for not only EPIC, but community groups throughout Australia.

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Dolphin treasure – Crown casino pokies case

In 2016 Maurice Blackburn launched landmark pro-bono legal action in the Federal Court that alleged Aristocrat and Crown Melbourne engaged in misleading or deceiving pokies players under the Australian Consumer Law and unconscionable conduct under the Australian Consumer Law. The legal action related to Aristocrat and Crown’s involvement in making an Electronic Gaming Machine, commonly known as a pokie machine, called Dolphin Treasure available for play at Crown Casino.

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Enough pokies in Castlemaine

Maurice Blackburn represented Enough Pokies in Castlemaine at a Victorian Civil and Administration Tribunal hearing in which we opposed more poker machines being introduced into the small Victorian country town.

 

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