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VW carve-out settlement may become more popular as class action scrutiny heats up
Analysis May 25, 2020 8:24 pm By Christine Caulfield

The settlement arrangement resolving five class actions against Volkswagen, which carved out hefty legal fees from the $120 million payout to drivers, could become more […]

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Fourth class action inquiry in six years exposes sharp divides
Class Actions May 13, 2020 12:31 pm By Christine Caulfield

A new parliamentary inquiry into the class action regime in Australia will go ahead as planned, Attorney-General Christian Porter said Wednesday, a move backed by […]

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Vocus ruling cements return to class action book building by funders
Analysis May 5, 2020 10:37 pm By Christine Caulfield

A decision this week rejecting a proposed common fund order at the settlement approval stage of a class action against teleco Vocus has dashed the […]

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Landmark ruling nixing class closure orders likely to reach High Court
Analysis April 23, 2020 9:10 pm By Christine Caulfield

A ruling Wednesday that struck down class closure orders — a device used by judges in class actions for the past two decades — has […]

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High Court may pick apart choice of Maurice Blackburn in AMP class action contest
Analysis April 21, 2020 11:00 pm By Christine Caulfield

The power of courts to choose a single winner from a contest of competing class actions is not the likely target of the High Court […]

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Federal Court may not cede class action ground to Victoria if contingency fee bill passes
Class Actions February 11, 2020 9:46 pm By Christine Caulfield

With Victoria set to pass legislation permitting law firms to charge contingency fees, experts have raised fears of an exodus of class actions from other […]

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Reports of death of common fund orders greatly exaggerated
Analysis December 19, 2019 11:46 pm By Christine Caulfield

Common fund orders in federal class actions could live to see another day, the Federal Court has indicated in new guidance to be released Friday, […]

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Higher commission rates, more closed class actions to follow High Court ruling
Analysis December 4, 2019 10:36 pm By Christine Caulfield

The end of the common fund order is a setback for class actions that will see a revival of the days of closed proceedings, costly […]

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After landmark Myer ruling, settlements in shareholder class actions to stay the norm
Analysis October 25, 2019 8:39 pm By Christine Caulfield

A groundbreaking class action ruling by the Federal Court on Thursday that found Myer misled shareholders and accepted the applicant’s market-based causation theory is the […]

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In watershed Google case, ACCC faces familiar challenge
Analysis October 30, 2019 11:22 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s high-stakes case against Google is the first of its kind worldwide targeting the tech giant’s data collection practices. The […]

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