Striking out a representative action – Houghton v Saunders

Throughout its long life the Feltex representative action proceeding has created a number of significant decisions. With the latest New Zealand High Court decision in Houghton v Saunders, the matter is now on the brink of being struck out. In this update, W+K’s Antony Holden and Michael Cavanaugh look at how the latest Feltex judgment is […]

COVID-19 Resource Centre

Wotton + Kearney is committed to keeping our clients informed of the insurance and broader business implications of the coronavirus outbreak. With senior insurance law experts across major policy types and market sectors, we are well placed to provide advice and tailored support in product lines and claims areas we specialise in. On this page […]

COVID-19: Implications for insurers – A Legalign Global Report

The significant impact of the coronavirus pandemic is being felt worldwide. For the insurance sector, the exposures created by the coronavirus are significant as an international event of this size and complexity carries a range of insurance risks, including first party and supply chain business interruption, event cancellation, travel and liability claims. Legalign Global’s alliance […]

To opt-in or out – that is the question before the Supreme Court when Ross returns in March

New Zealand has no statutory or regulatory framework that specifically deals with class or representative actions, which is why NZ claimants have relied on High Court rules as the mechanism to bring a representative action. The Courts considered, before Ross v Southern Response Earthquake Services Limited, the rule permitted only an opt-in action for the group. […]

Informed Insurance: 2020 Predictions Report

We are pleased to share our latest Legalign Global thought leadership publication, Informed Insurance: 2020 Predictions, which has been launched in our region today. Aimed at supporting the global insurance market in preparing for the opportunities and challenges ahead, the report includes over 80 predictions by senior lawyers at the Legalign Global alliance firms, including Wotton […]

Federal Court orders defendant to pay indemnity costs for misconduct

BAM Property Group Pty Ltd as trustee for BAM Property Trust v Imoda Group Holdings Pty Ltd (No.2) [2019] FCA 2072 On 9 December 2019, the Federal Court ordered the unsuccessful defendants in a shareholder oppression action to pay the plaintiffs’ costs of the entire proceedings on an indemnity basis. In this update, Andrew Moore […]

GL Update – key trends and emerging risks in general liability insurance

Welcome to Wotton + Kearney’s GL Update – a snapshot of the key trends and emerging risks in general liability insurance in Australia. In this edition we look at the impact of recent significant matters, including the Lacrosse cladding fire litigation conducted by our Melbourne team, the ongoing risk of concussion claims and prison authority […]

Bushfire class action summarily dismissed by Victorian Court

The Victorian Supreme Court recently summarily dismissed the lead Plaintiffs’ claims in Block v Powercor, a bushfire class action issued against a Victorian electricity distributor. The decision is noteworthy as summary dismissals are rare, particularly in class actions and representative proceedings. While the decision largely turned on its facts, it reinforces the principle explained by the High […]

Employee Class Actions: New claims in the flexible employment economy

The gig economy is reshaping employee class actions, with recent decisions classifying independent contractors and casual workers as employees. Historically, employee class actions were the monopoly of the union movement. But with the waning of union membership and influence, and the rise of the gig economy and large numbers of casual workers, litigation funders are […]

Aggregation in a representative proceeding – Court gives further guidance for insurers

Bank of Queensland Ltd v AIG Australia Ltd [2018] NSWSC 1689 The NSW Supreme Court recently considered the application of a “related wrongful acts” aggregation provision in the context of a representative proceeding commenced against the insured, Bank of Queensland. The Court held that the representative proceeding itself constituted one “claim” under the policy, but […]