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‘Arrogant’ barristers in Banksia class action struck off roll, face criminal probe
Legal Ethics 2021-10-11 5:00 pm By Christine Caulfield

Lawyers running the scandal-ridden Banksia class action have been struck from the roll of practitioners, will face criminal investigation and must pay group members $11.7 […]

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Day of reckoning arrives for Banksia class action lawyers
Feature 2021-10-08 10:50 pm By Christine Caulfield

It has been described as the darkest chapter in Victoria’s legal history, an exemplar of all that is terrible with class actions in Australia. A […]

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Judge’s patience for ‘flipping and flopping’ prosecutors in ANZ cartel case wearing thin
Competition & Consumer Protection 2021-09-16 8:47 pm By Cindy Cameronne

A judge has questioned whether he should allow prosecutors to amend charges against ANZ and its treasurer in a criminal cartel case over a $2.5 […]

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Corrs Chambers avoids costs in Hitler parody video case
Employment 2021-08-12 5:03 pm By Miklos Bolza

A BP worker who was awarded $201,000 after he was unlawfully dismissed for sharing a Hitler parody video has lost his bid for $51,000 in […]

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High Court tosses bid to stop lawsuit by CFMMEU ‘front man’
Employment 2021-04-07 4:50 pm By Miklos Bolza

The High Court has tossed an appeal by the Victorian International Container Terminal which sought summary dismissal of a legal challenge to an enterprise agreement […]

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Banksia silk’s refusal to give evidence while seeking to reopen defence ‘inexcusable’, judge says
Class Actions 2021-03-24 4:56 pm By Christine Caulfield

Allowing former senior barrister Norman O’Bryan to reopen his defence in the Banksia class action while “avoiding the witness box” was clearly prejudicial, and futile […]

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In win for ACCC, Full Court says vulnerability not essential to proving unconscionable conduct
Appeals 2021-03-22 1:39 pm By Miklos Bolza

The Full Federal Court has ruled that unconscionable conduct under the Australian Consumer Law is not confined to exploitation of vulnerable parties, in an “extremely […]

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Banksia silk Norman O’Bryan signals possible appeal after failure to reopen defence
Legal Ethics 2021-03-18 10:29 pm By Christine Caulfield

Once high-flying barrister Norman O’Bryan might seek to challenge a refusal by the judge overseeing the Banksia class action to revisit his abandoned defence and […]

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Funder of scandal-ridden Banksia class action expresses ‘remorse and regret’
Legal Ethics 2021-03-17 10:44 pm By Christine Caulfield

The litigation funding company controlled by the late solicitor Mark Elliott has told a court of its “remorse and regret” for its misconduct in the […]

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Banksia class action funder’s son should not be punished for the sins of his father, judge told
Class Actions 2021-03-16 10:29 pm By Christine Caulfield

The son of Banksia class action funder Mark Elliott was no Michael Corleone of the Godfather, and was not knowingly complicit in an alleged scheme […]

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