Deloitte partners can’t dodge production order after ‘outrageous’ removal of audit files, Full Court says

Class Actions February 27, 2020 10:00 am By Christine Caulfield

Deloitte has lost its appeal of a ruling in a shareholder class action over the collapse of Hastie Group that compelled the production of audit files taken by a partner from the accounting giant’s litigation room, in a ruling that described the actions of the partner as “bordering on contempt” and slammed Deloitte for “cynically” exploiting the situation.

Government reaches settlement in toxic foam class actions
Class Actions February 27, 2020 10:55 am By Cat Fredenburgh

A settlement has been reached in three class action against the Commonwealth of Australia over the use of allegedly toxic firefighting foam at government military bases.

Combustible cladding class action gets makeover
Class Actions February 27, 2020 5:37 pm By Miklos Bolza

The lead applicant in a class action over allegedly combustible cladding has been ordered to immediately pay the defendants’ costs that were thrown away by amended pleadings that bring a “substantially new case”, over a year after the high-stakes case was filed.