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Fundraiser Appco settles ‘sham contracting’ class action
Class Actions August 4, 2020 11:48 am By Miklos Bolza

Fundraising company Appco has reached a settlement to resolve a class action alleging it misclassified its army of sales people as independent contractors. In a […]

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Commonwealth Bank, Westpac’s BT face potential class actions over insurance ‘rort’
Class Actions July 31, 2020 4:16 pm By Christine Caulfield

Shine Lawyers is investigating two new class actions against Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Westpac’s BT Funds Management over allegedly excessive insurance premiums, a week after filing a similar case against AMP’s life insurance arm.

Judge criticises ‘unhelpful’ Robodebt class action applicants as discovery narrows
Class Actions July 30, 2020 3:17 pm By Miklos Bolza

A judge has narrowed discovery in a class action against the Commonwealth of Australia over allegedly unlawful Robodebt payments, criticising the lead applicants for persisting […]

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Funder behind Fair Work class actions a ‘litigation bounty hunter’, Full Court hears
Employment July 27, 2020 9:13 pm By Miklos Bolza

Facing accusations of being a “litigation bounty hunter”, litigation funder Augusta Ventures has made its bid before the Full Federal Court to overturn a landmark […]

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Law firm doesn’t have to hand over client files for potential class action
Class Actions July 23, 2020 9:21 pm By Alison Eveleigh

A national law firm has dodged an application for access to the files of its current and former clients brought by lawyers investigating a possible […]

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ASIC won’t appeal Westpac responsible lending case to High Court
Financial Services July 22, 2020 2:56 pm By Christine Caulfield

ASIC has dropped its fight with Westpac over the bank’s financial assessment of home loan borrowers following political pressure, citing the “challenging economic circumstances”. The […]

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ASIC pushes for $15M fine in NAB ‘Introducer’ case, but judge questions scope of investigation
Financial Services July 20, 2020 9:21 pm By Alison Eveleigh

ASIC has called for a $15 million penalty against National Australia Bank over its scandal-ridden ‘Introducer’ loan referral program, but a judge has questioned the […]

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Sham contracting class action against Appco close to settling, court told
Class Actions July 20, 2020 2:40 pm By Christine Caulfield

A ‘sham contracting’ class action against fundraiser Appco, said to be worth $90 million, could be settled in two weeks, the lawyer for the lead […]

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Elaine Stead says in-person mediation ‘waste of time’ in Nine defamation case
Defamation July 16, 2020 12:24 pm By Miklos Bolza

Venture capitalist Elaine Stead has refused to go into a second round of mediation in her defamation case against the Nine-owned Fairfax Media Publications saying […]

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‘Horrendous class action journey’: BoQ case should be focus of inquiry, group members say
Class Actions July 15, 2020 11:23 pm By Miklos Bolza

Elderly victims of Ponzi schemer Bradley Sherwin have told the government’s class action inquiry of their “horrendous class action journey”, which led to a “pathetic […]

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