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“Class actions” – some ground rules

Haselhurst v Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Ltd t/as Toyota Australia; Whisson v Subaru (Aust) Pty Ltd; Kularathne v Honda Australia Pty Ltd; Brewster v BMW Australia Ltd; Bond v Nissan Motor Co (Australia) Pty Ltd; Coates v Mazda Australia Pty Ltd; Dwyer v Volkswagen Group Australia Pty Ltd t/as Volkswagen Australia [2020] NSWCA 66 (22…

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Availability of cross claims in apportionable claims

Landpower Australia Pty Ltd v Penske Power Systems Pty Ltd [2019] NSWCA 161 Bell P: Further consideration 39. In Hunt & Hunt Lawyers v Mitchell Morgan Nominees Pty Ltd (2013) 247 CLR 613; [2013] HCA 10 at [16], French CJ, Hayne and Kiefel JJ said: “The evident purpose of Pt 4 [of the CLA] is…

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Police powers and duties: incoherence and incompatibility; Summary dismissal

CIVIL PROCEDURE – summary disposal – dismissal of proceedings – primary judge summarily dismissed proceedings on basis that defendant did not owe plaintiffs a duty of care – where weight of current authority against existence of duty of care – where argument available that common law should be extended to recognise duty of care –…

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Blameless accident claim against insurer

PROCEDURE – notice of motion – claim under the blameless accident provisions of the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999 (NSW) – insurer seeking proceedings against it be dismissed – Rule 14.28(1)(a) of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 2005 (NSW) – whether there is reasonable cause of action – proceedings cannot be dismissed – pleadings to…

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