Federal Court: August 2019

Reporting and analysis of the most notable decisions in the Federal Court. By DAN STAR QC.

The case that changed me – Amanda Banton

Amanda Banton reflects on how the settlement of a class action was the crowning moment in a decade of hard work and thinking outside the…

Aftermath of the casual conundrum: ‘double-dipping’ and class actions

Government has moved to limit the fall-out from the Full Federal Court’s decision on casual workers in WorkPac v Skene.  Meanwhile, class actions momentum is building. …

The Montara oil spill class action – time extended for Indonesian seaweed farmers

A Federal Court class action ruling provides an update on considerations that apply to discretion to extend time in the law of limitations. By RICHARD…

Relinquishing group members’ future rights? Lessons from Timbercorp

The Timbercorp HCA Decision highlights that unreasonableness will not be lightly found, but that the importance of carefully worded opt out notices remains. By JASON…

Class action risk: now and in the future

Class action risk has increased significantly over the course of the past decade. By ROSS DRINNAN and JENNY CAMPBELL.

Bank fees class action: ‘forward-looking’ to the High Court

The Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia in Paciocco v Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd [2015] FCFCA 50 has overturned the decision of…

The controversial class closure mechanism: is it fair?

Opt out class actions were adopted in Australia to extend access to justice to as many persons as possible. Consequently opt out class actions do…