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$23.6M Vocation class action bill might have been ‘materially lower’, judge says
Class Actions 2021-07-23 11:09 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

A judge has approved a $50 million settlement in a shareholder class action against failed training company Vocation and auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers, but questioned whether the […]

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Law firm Levitt Robinson agrees to take down Google ads for Aveo class action
Class Actions 2021-07-23 2:41 pm By Miklos Bolza

Law firm Levitt Robinson has agreed to remove a series of Google ads promoting a class action against retirement home provider Aveo Group on behalf of residents over changes to the terms on which they could re-sell their units.

Westpac’s profits relevant, judge says in imposing $3M fees-for-no-service penalty
Financial Services 2021-07-22 9:35 pm By Christine Caulfield

Westpac has been ordered to pay $3 million after two subsidiaries admitted misleading hundreds of superannuation customers about the financial adviser fees they were charged, a penalty that took into account the Big Four bank’s massive profits.

Allianz says joint class action would eliminate competition in contingency fee rates
Class Actions 2021-07-16 3:21 pm By Christine Caulfield

Consolidation of two consumer class actions against Allianz would do away with competition in a contest to lead a single case that would force a […]

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Law firms reverse course on novel alternative to beauty parade in Allianz class actions
Insurance 2021-07-13 1:13 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

Two law firms running competing class actions against insurance giant Allianz have dropped a plan to resolve the duplication by jointly running just one of […]

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ACCC frowns on Smile Direct’s health care coverage claims
Johnson Winter & Slattery 2021-07-13 1:25 pm By Bianca Hrovat

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has taken legal action against international dental care company Smile Direct Club for allegedly misleading tens of thousands of […]

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BHP asks High Court to weigh in on inclusion of foreign investors in class action
Appeals 2021-07-05 11:56 am By Cat Fredenburgh

Global resources giant BHP Group is seeking special leave from the High Court to appeal a ruling that rejected its bid to exclude foreign investors […]

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Arrium settlement was a ‘substantial compromise’, judge says
Restructuring & Insolvency 2021-07-05 4:05 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

A settlement reached in a lawsuit by the liquidators of collapsed steel giant Arrium against 10 former company directors accused of insolvent trading has been […]

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Quintis class actions reload as insurance brawl delays settlement approval
Class Actions 2021-07-05 4:54 pm By Miklos Bolza

Two shareholder class actions against sandalwood producer Quintis that reached an in principle settlement over a year ago are moving forward following a protracted dispute […]

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Captain Cook College engaged in systemic unconscionable conduct, court finds
Competition & Consumer Protection 2021-07-02 11:09 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

Motivated by greed, online educator Captain Cook College engaged in a system of unconscionable conduct by enrolling thousands of students who accrued $60 million in debt […]

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