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Class actions in the spotlight again: ALRC inquiry

Class Action Update

A quarterly newsletter summarising the latest class action claims and developments in Australia, including litigation funding and potential claims

Class actions in the spotlight again: ALRC inquiry

Australia is in the midst of its third major inquiry into the growing litigation funding industry in four years.

06 June 2018
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Tactical decisions ahead for insurers as Third Party Act utilised again

This decision highlights issues faced by insurers in relying on exclusion clauses (even ones that are broadly drafted) to escape the operation of the Third Party Claim Act.

25 May 2018
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Class Action Update: Q1 2017 - 25 years of federal class actions

Appropriate boundaries for the case management, the effect of whistleblower law reform, the VLRC's inquiry into litigation funding, and the Court's role in assessing litigation funder fees.

24 March 2017
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Whistleblowing and class actions

Reform of Australia’s corporate whistleblower laws is a regulatory priority in 2017, potentially leading to greater protections for whistleblowers and open up the possibility of further class actions....

24 March 2017
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Litigation funding in the spotlight: VLRC inquiry

This article was written by Yanni Goutzamanis, James Russell and Domenic Gatto.On 19 January 2017, the Victorian Government asked the Victorian Law Reform Commission (“VLRC”) to review litigation...

24 March 2017
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Innovation and boundaries: case management in the Federal Court

The Australian Federal Court has provided guidance on the appropriate boundaries for the case management of largescale, complex commercial litigation.

24 March 2017
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Show me the client! Privilege in pre-proceeding communications

Recent IOOF and Hastie decisions: when privilege can be claimed while a class action is under investigation. Whose privilege is it, and what does it apply to?

15 December 2016
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Rare plaintiff success story: The Federal Court awards declaratory relief and damages to plaintiffs in Wotton v State of Queensland

This class action represents one of very few class actions to not only reach trial but to also result in an award of compensation.

15 December 2016
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Class actions and workers' rights

The emerging trend of the class actions model being used in workers’ rights claims, with a look at recent cases filed and under investigation

15 December 2016
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Timbercorp: High Court confirms individual defences to related proceedings are preserved even after class action is dismissed

We consider the High Court decision in Timbercorp, in which it confirmed that individual defences may be preserved even after a class action is dismissed

15 December 2016
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Class Action Update: Q4 2016 - Common fund orders, individual defences and other recent developments

In this edition of our Australian class action legal update: Timbercorp, Appco, Palm Island and IOOF.

15 December 2016
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Class actions now part of Queensland legal landscape

Class actions formally became part of the Queensland legal landscape on 8 November 2016. The legislation is largely based on similar legislation in the Federal Court, NSW and...

09 November 2016
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