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Novel argument doesn’t save Gladstone Ports class action from costs, court says
Class Actions 2021-03-22 8:59 pm By Christine Caulfield

A judge has ruled the plaintiffs in the Gladstone Ports class action cannot reserve the legal costs of an application to avoid disclosure of expert […]

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Andrews government to seek quick end to COVID-19 class actions
Coronavirus 2021-03-04 11:32 am By Christine Caulfield

The Victorian government will argue for summary dismissal of two class actions filed over the bungled COVID-19 hotel quarantine program said to be responsible for […]

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Surfstitch class action lawyers’ conduct not ‘egregious’, but payout should be capped, judge says
Class Actions 2021-02-22 3:19 pm By Miklos Bolza

A judge has signed off on a settlement in two shareholder class actions against clothing retailer Surfstitch, but has capped the legal costs and commissions […]

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Privilege doesn’t apply to loss report for mediation in Gladstone class action
Class Actions 2021-02-12 2:44 pm By Miklos Bolza

The lead applicants in a $100 million class action against Gladstone Ports Corporation have lost their bid to shield a proposed expert loss report from […]

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Judge OKs $9.5M McMillan Shakespeare settlement despite funder, lawyers taking bulk
Class Actions 2021-02-05 5:29 pm By Spencer Fowler Steen

A judge has approved a $9.5 million settlement in a class action against McMillan Shakespeare as fair and reasonable, allowing a common fund order and […]

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Funder likens itself to pinata in hearing over $9.5M class action settlement
Class Actions 2021-02-01 7:15 pm By Spencer Fowler Steen

The funder behind a class action against McMillan Shakespeare has warned against the court beating it up like a ‘pinata’ in a settlement approval hearing […]

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Top 10 class action settlements of 2020
Analysis 2021-01-12 10:46 pm By Spencer Fowler Steen

Payouts in class actions in 2020 largely kept pace with the previous year despite the financial strain of the COVID-19 pandemic, with companies and other […]

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Law firm’s ‘overly combative manner’ prompts independent counsel appointment in bushfire class actions
Class Actions 2020-12-11 11:58 pm By Christine Caulfield

A judge will appoint an independent barrister to determine the allocation of settlement proceeds between insured group members and their insurers from two St Patrick’s […]

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‘An order that has never been made before’: Judge preps for contingency fee hearing
Class Actions 2020-11-19 5:02 pm By Miklos Bolza

A Victoria Supreme Court judge hearing two competing class actions against Allianz Australia over “junk” insurance has asked the parties for feedback on what she […]

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Funder’s involvement in Spotless class action settlement was ‘inappropriate’, judge finds
Class Actions 2020-12-01 5:25 pm By Spencer Fowler Steen

A judge has found that a litigation funder’s involvement in settlement negotiations without the presence of the applicant’s lawyers in a shareholder class action against […]

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