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22 April 2020
COVID-19: Pressure Points: Impact of COVID-19 on class actions (UK)
As well as the human cost of COVID-19, the pandemic has led to unprecedented disruption to both daily life and business activity on a global scale. With seemingly no industry or sector immune from the commercial and economic effects of the outbreak, businesses are facing huge challenges on a day-to...
30 January 2020
Unfolding privacy class actions in Australia
Claimants in Australia face a number of challenges to successfully bringing a privacy class action, including the absence of a clear cause of action and difficulties in quantifying loss. Despite the challenges, on 9 December 2019, the Supreme Court of NSW in Evans v Health Administration...
28 November 2019
Contingency fees set to be introduced for Victorian class actions
On 27 November 2019 the Victorian Government tabled in Parliament the Justice Legislation Miscellaneous Amendments Bill 2019 (Vic) which introduces a new power to permit contingency fees to be ordered in Victorian class actions. If passed, the new law will permit plaintiff law firms to receive a...
15 November 2019
The Lloyds/HBOS litigation: The first shareholder class action judgment in England & Wales
The first judgment in a shareholder class action in England & Wales has been handed down by the High Court today in Sharp v Blank  EWHC 3078 (Ch) (also known as The Lloyds/HBOS litigation ).
13 November 2019
One year of Model Declaratory Action in Germany – taking stock and outlook
Fuelled by revelations consequent of the Volkswagen diesel emissions technology cases, the German legislator hastily introduced a new law on Model Declaratory Action ( Musterfeststellungsklage ). This denotes an important step by the German legislator into the direction of collective redress in B2C...
01 November 2019
Myer: the first shareholder class action judgment in Australia
The first superior court judgment in a shareholder class action in Australia has been handed down by Justice Beach of the Federal Court of Australia in TPT Patrol Pty Ltd as trustee for Amies Superannuation Fund v Myer Holdings Ltd .
11 September 2019
Class Actions in Australia: Emerging Trends
There have been a range of developments in the class actions landscape over the past year. The Australian Law Reform Commission completed its review of class action proceedings and third party litigation funding, an appeal is pending in the High Court of Australia on common fund orders and the...
07 August 2019
Policyholder successfully appeals refusal to apply one deductible to multiple claims in Class Action
In good news for policyholders defending class actions, the NSW Court of Appeal has ruled that multiple claims in a class action against Bank of Queensland over a “Ponzi scheme” should be treated as a single claim under the Civil Liability Policy’s aggregation clause, meaning that only one...
08 March 2019
Common fund orders upheld following historic joint sitting
Less than a month after an historic joint sitting of the Full Federal Court of Australia and NSW Court of Appeal, decisions have been handed down by both Courts, confirming the validity of ‘common fund orders’ in class action proceedings. 1
25 February 2019
The ALRC’s final report on class action proceedings and third-party litigation funders
On 24 January 2019, the Commonwealth Attorney-General tabled in Parliament the Australian Law Reform Commission ( ALRC )’s final report on class action reform: Integrity, Fairness and Efficiency—An Inquiry into Class Action Proceedings and Third-Party Litigation Funders ( Report ).
13 March 2023
Cartel Intel – updates from our EMEA network
The opening months of 2023 have seen competition authorities across EMEA continue the trend of cracking down on cartel conduct, with dawn raids carried out by competition authorities across Europe. Authorities are increasingly seeking to coordinate enforcement action with their peers in other...
03 March 2023
Australia’s corporate whistleblower protections in the spotlight
More than 3 years after the overhaul of Australia’s corporate whistleblower laws, ASIC has, for the first time, brought proceedings against a company and individuals alleging civil contraventions of the anti-victimisation provisions. If the case proceeds to trial, it will likely be a test of the...
02 March 2023
2023-2030 Australian cyber security strategy starts to take shape
The development of the 2023 – 2030 Australian Cyber Security Strategy ( Strategy ) is now well under way, after a Discussion Paper was released this week by the Expert Advisory Board appointed by the Minister for Cyber Security, the Hon. Claire O’Neil MP.
02 March 2023
Australian Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety Podcasts
Join our experts as they discuss and share their views on the latest developments we are seeing in the employment, industrial relations and workplace healthy and safety space covering areas such as underpayment compliance, annualised salary provisions, industrial manslaughter laws and what key...