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CIMIC had no chance of winning stay of competing class action, judge says
Class Actions September 20, 2019 8:36 pm By Miklos Bolza

A judge has ordered engineering services firm CIMIC Group to pay the costs of a 2017 attempt to stay a competing class action against it, […]

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APRA loses case against IOOF over alleged misuse of $6.1M in members’ reserve funds
Financial Services September 20, 2019 10:04 am By Amelia Birnie

A judge has thrown out the prudential regulator’s case against IOOF over the alleged misuse of $6.1 million in superannuation reserve funds, in the first decision handed down in a case filed in the wake of last year’s explosive banking royal commission.

Ultra Tune wins $590K reduction in appeal of ‘manifestly excessive’ franchising penalty
Competition & Consumer Protection September 20, 2019 11:58 am By Amelia Birnie

National car repair franchise Ultra Tune has successfully appealed what it claimed was a “manifestly excessive” penalty for breaches of the Franchising Code of Conduct, with the Full Federal Court reducing the company’s $2.6 million fine by $590,000.

After questioning funder’s cut, judge quietly approves KPMG class action settlement scheme
Class Actions September 19, 2019 9:36 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

A judge has quietly given his seal of approval to a settlement distribution scheme in a class action against KPMG, after raising questions about Piper Alderman’s legal bill and the litigation funder’s “arguably excessive” cut of the confidential settlement.

National law firm slams ex-partner’s ‘sorry story’ for delays in bringing sex discrimination case
Employment September 19, 2019 10:11 pm By Amelia Birnie

A national Australian law firm has asked the Federal Court to throw out a sex discrimination claim filed against it by a former partner, on the grounds that no excuse had been provided for her delay in making a complaint other than “a fairly sorry story”.

Walton liquidator next in line to sue NAB, former director
Restructuring & Insolvency September 19, 2019 8:39 pm By Miklos Bolza

The liquidator appointed to investigate a class action over Walton Construction’s collapse is now looking to file his own case against National Australia Bank, the company’s former director, and the restructuring firm hired before the construction company’s demise.

Law firm faces class action over Slater & Gordon acquisition advice
Business of Law September 18, 2019 9:09 pm By Miklos Bolza

An elite Melbourne law firm has become the latest target of Slater & Gordon shareholders whose stock went south after the plaintiffs firm’s disastrous $1.2 […]

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Holding Redlich partner defends ‘good lawyer’ reputation at political donations inquiry
Legal Ethics September 18, 2019 9:17 pm By Amelia Birnie

Holding Redlich national managing partner Ian Robertson has defended his reputation as a “good lawyer” while being cross-examined at ICAC over cover-up advice he strenuously […]

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Law firms offer to join forces in competing Lendlease class actions
Class Actions September 18, 2019 1:05 pm By Christine Caulfield

The plaintiffs firms running rival shareholder class actions against construction giant Lendlease have pitched a proposal to join their competing cases, a plan that should […]

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Workpac wants stay of class actions amid looming Full Court ruling on casuals
Employment September 18, 2019 11:59 am By Cat Fredenburgh

Labour hire company Workpac is seeking to stay two class actions over leave entitlements allegedly owed coal miners, amid a looming judgment from the Full […]

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