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Class Action Lawyers - Compensation Claim Solicitors

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Australian class action law is more plaintiff friendly than either the US or Europe and can be commenced by one representative applicant or their class action lawyer provided that seven or more other individuals have similar potential claims arising out identical or similar incidents that need determination by a court on issues of fact or law. The Federal Court Act 1976 as amended in 1992 allows class actions to be brought in the Federal Court. State and territory legislation allows representative procedures which, with the exception of Victoria, are not true class actions.

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Opt Out Policy

Australian class action law operates on the 'opt out' policy which means that once commenced the representative applicant must describe in detail every person who is intended to have the benefit of that class and those individuals are in fact included unless they decide to positively opt out by filing a specified notice in the court appointed to deal with the matter. Neither the applicant nor the instructed class action solicitor have to make detailed enquiries about the members of the class and do not need to identify potential individual members.

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No Certification Requirement

Australia has no certification requirement for a valid class action which means that the representative individual or that persons class action lawyer does not have to persuade a judge in a court of law that the proposed proceedings meet the requirements of a class action prior to proceeding with that legal action. Furthermore it is not necessary for a class action solicitor to show that the issues of the class are more important than an individuals complaint which only need be 'real' or 'of substance'. To make Australian class actions even more user friendly the courts have wide discretion under law to split the original class into several subdivisions in order to efficiently deal with any issues that apply to only one of the subgroups.

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Accurate Class Definition

Probably the most important issue that need concern the representative applicant or more likely the class action lawyers dealing with the case, relates to the initial definition of the class which effectively dominates the potential group membership thereby facilitating the opt out procedures. For a defendant in a class action the definition of the class often provides reason to dispute the initial procedures which makes ensuring a watertight initial definition of the class an imperative for solicitors instructed on behalf of the claimant.

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Benefits of Aggregation

There are a number of very good reasons for class action lawyers to consider taking this course and whilst initially introduced to improve access to justice for individuals, these legal procedures are now also being used by large corporate bodies facilitated by litigation funding schemes to obtain recompense from other large corporate bodies. The aggregation of claimants in an Australian class action compensation claim offers a number of advantages over individual legal action :-

  • aggregation increases efficiency and lowers litigation cost
  • encourages individuals to bring otherwise non viable low value claims
  • improves access to justice on the basis of principle where appropriate
  • prevents first claimants from seizing all available defendant funds
  • equitable & compatible standard relief for all similar claimants

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Wide Ranging Topics

Our class action lawyers deal with a wide range of Australian compensation claims including :-

  • deceptive conduct by companies towards their shareholders
  • serious corporate deception and misconduct
  • import, manufacture and sale of defective bio-medical devices
  • import, manufacture and sale of defective pharmaceutical drugs
  • import, manufacture and sale of defective consumer goods
  • outbreaks of mass food poisoning by restaurants, hotels and cruise liners
  • breaches of credit legislation by major banks and finance companies
  • cartel class actions involving price fixing and market rigging

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Specialist Solicitors

Our class action solicitors have an unrivalled record of successful claims for residents throughout Australia. Tens of thousands of claimants have been successful and obtained recompense for wrongs carried out against them which would not have been possible without a representative class action claim. If you would like advice, on this complex legal procedure or you would like to consider starting a group with the intention of taking multi-party legal action you should not hesitate to contact us for free advice.

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