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Shareholder class actions ‘raise the bar’ for corporate behaviour, inquiry hears
Class Actions August 3, 2020 9:30 pm By Alison Eveleigh

Shareholder class actions protect shareholder value and promote long-term system changes, an Australian superannuation fund has told the government’s latest class action inquiry. Speaking before […]

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Media companies can file evidence of second alleged murder in Roberts-Smith defamation case
Defamation August 3, 2020 2:27 pm By Alison Eveleigh

A judge has allowed the media companies fighting defamation proceedings by decorated war veteran Ben Roberts-Smith to include new evidence in their defence, including to support claims the soldier was involved in another murder.

Adero to issue correction notice in On The Run class action
Employment August 3, 2020 9:56 pm By Alison Eveleigh

The law firm running an underpayments class action against petrol convenience store chain On The Run has been ordered to issue a notice correcting certain statements made on its website about the company and the class action, including that the claims in the case are worth up to $70 million.

Lawyers say judge has power to close class action with tweak to group member definition
Class Actions July 31, 2020 10:35 pm By Alison Eveleigh

Lawyers running a class action against recycling company Sims Metal Management say the court has power to approve their bid to amend the group member definition that will effectively close the class, but the judge overseeing the case will appoint a contradictor to represent group members in a hearing over the application.

Maurice Blackburn escapes discrimination case by former client
Employment July 31, 2020 10:01 pm By Alison Eveleigh

A judge has shut down a former Qantas customer service manager’s bid to pursue a disability discrimination case against Maurice Blackburn alleging the law firm put pressure on her to settle her workers compensation case against the airline.

Judge questions whether Banksia class action lawyers should be struck off roll
Class Actions July 30, 2020 9:11 pm By Alison Eveleigh

The judge overseeing a trial over legal fees and funding commission in the Banksia Securities class action has questioned whether the lawyers behind the case […]

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Mark Elliott was Banksia class action lawyer’s ‘puppet master’, court told
Class Actions July 29, 2020 10:16 pm By Alison Eveleigh

Lawyer Mark Elliott was the “puppet master” behind the Banksia class action, retaning an old school mate to represent the lead applicant but in reality […]

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Banksia class action was ‘party like no other’ for Mark Elliott and barristers, court told
Class Actions July 28, 2020 11:00 pm By Alison Eveleigh

The funder and legal team behind a class action over the collapse of Banksia Securities billed for phantom costs in a “fraudulent scheme” to secure […]

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‘Most painful relationship I’ve ever had’: Law firm describes falling out with funder in BOQ class action
Class Actions July 27, 2020 5:54 pm By Alison Eveleigh

The law firm that represented elderly victims of Ponzi schemer Bradley Sherwin has told the government’s class action inquiry of its “painful” relationship with the […]

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Treasurer met with affiliate of US lobby group on eve of new class action regulations, inquiry told
Class Actions July 27, 2020 8:35 pm By Alison Eveleigh

There is an “embarrassing” foreign influence on Australian laws, a plaintiff law firm has told a parliamentary inquiry into class actions, after revealing that Treasurer […]

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