Class Actions

MinterEllison has been involved in many of Australia's most complex class actions, whether they arise from alleged infringements of the Corporations Act, competition law or contract, or in mass tort/product liability. Our dedicated national team of partners and lawyers are experts in class action litigation and recognise that claims run as class actions require unique strategies – they require carefully considered and planned approaches to related regulatory investigations, the management of defendants' corporate reputations, management of discovery, and early identification of defence counsel and experts

We also regularly advise in relation to proactive, preventative measures to mitigate the risk of class actions arising or proceeding beyond a preliminary stage.

MinterEllison has advised, or is advising, in relation to class actions brought against Sigma Pharmaceuticals, Qantas, MFS Investment Management Limited, Singapore Airlines, Opes Prime, Aristocrat Leisure Limited, Peet & Co Casey Land Syndicate Limited, Harris Scarfe, Kraft and Dow Corning.

Singapore Airlines air freight cartel class action

Defending Singapore Airlines Cargo in its prosecution by the ACCC for alleged airfreight cartel conduct and acting for it and Singapore Airlines in related class action proceedings.

Opes Prime collapse

Acted as the primary advisors for ANZ in the collapse of Opes Prime Stockbroking, with approximately 1,200 clients and debts to ANZ of over A$700 million, including acting on two class actions.

Harris Scarfe insolvent trading claim

Acted for the non-executive directors of Harris Scarfe in an insolvent trading claim in which the liquidators claimed an amount in excess of $140 million from each director.