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Class Action Update | February 2020

Class Action Update

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

Climate change litigation – what is it and what to expect?

After the United States, Australia has the highest number of climate change disputes globally.

27 February 2020
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Class Action Update | February 2020

Our experts bring you what's happening in the marketplace and an update on litigation funding commissions.

27 February 2020
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Litigation funders get lump of coal for Christmas

In a highly anticipated decision, the High Court of Australia has rejected, by a 5:2 majority, the proposition that the Federal Court of Australia and the Supreme Court...

04 December 2019
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You’ve got nothing to lose: Myer, Babcock & Brown, continuous disclosure obligations and securities litigation

Two recent Federal Court of Australia decisions have offered some 500 pages of valuable judicial discussion regarding a company’s continuous disclosure obligations, what constitutes disclosable information, and what...

28 October 2019
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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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