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Judge rejects first ever bid for contingency fees in class action
Class Actions 2021-09-14 9:57 am By Christine Caulfield

Saying the interests of class action members “must be given primacy”, a judge has rejected the first bid for a group costs order in a […]

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Christian Porter wins bid to keep secret ABC’s full defence in defamation case
Defamation 2021-07-30 10:20 am By Miklos Bolza

Former Attorney-General Christian Porter has succeeded in scrubbing from the court record the ABC’s full defence in his now-settled defamation suit against the broadcaster, over […]

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Former NSW ministers Eddie Obeid, Ian Macdonald found guilty of conspiracy
Breaking News 2021-07-19 2:18 pm By Cindy Cameronne

A judge has found former NSW Labor Ministers Ian Macdonald and Eddie Obeid, as well as Obeid’s son Moses, guilty of conspiring to rig a […]

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High Court refuses to take up 7-Eleven’s challenge to settlement CFOs
High Court 2021-06-25 10:29 am By Christine Caulfield

The High Court has declined to hear a case that challenges the power of judges to make common fund orders at the close of litigation, […]

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BHP loses ‘highly problematic’ bid to exclude foreign investors from class action
Appeals 2021-06-03 10:10 am By Cindy Cameronne

Global resources giant BHP Group has lost an appeal in its fight to exclude foreign investors from a shareholder class action over the 2015 Fundao […]

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Government owes duty of care to protect children from climate change, court rules
Energy & Natural Resources 2021-05-27 11:07 am By Miklos Bolza

The federal Minister for the Environment owes a duty of care to children who could suffer “catastrophic” harms from increased greenhouse gas emissions that would […]

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High Court says ‘no one size fits all’ when it comes to competing class actions
Class Actions 2021-03-10 10:18 am By Christine Caulfield

Judges have power to manage competing class actions by picking a winner in a so-called beauty parade, the High Court has ruled, but there is […]

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Law firm drops responsible lending class action against Westpac after ASIC calls it a day
Exclusive 2020-08-31 1:48 pm By Christine Caulfield

Maurice Blackburn is abandoning its class action against Westpac over the bank’s alleged responsible lending law breaches, weeks after ASIC lost its appeal in the […]

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Deloitte partners can’t dodge production order after ‘outrageous’ removal of audit files, Full Court says
Class Actions 2020-02-27 10:00 am By Miklos Bolza

Deloitte has lost its appeal of a ruling in a shareholder class action over the collapse of Hastie Group that compelled the production of audit […]

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Common fund orders in class actions dealt fatal blow by High Court
Class Actions 2019-12-04 10:12 am By Christine Caulfield

Judges have no power to order all class action members to pay a proportion of a litigation funder’s commission out of their share of a […]

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