Group proceedings, also known as 'class actions' or 'representative proceedings', are legal cases in which one or more plaintiffs make a claim for themselves and on behalf of other people. The people make a claim together because their claims arise out of the same, similar, or related circumstances. The group of people are referred to as ‘group members'.
The Victorian group proceedings regime commenced in January 2000 and is governed by Part 4A of the Supreme Court Act 1986. All group proceedings, regardless of their subject matter, are filed in the Group Proceedings List.
Judges in charge
The judges-in-charge of the Group Proceedings List are the Honourable Justice John Dixon and the Honourable Justice Nichols. The judges-in-charge allocate proceedings for management by a judge in either the Commercial Court or the Common Law Division.
The group proceedings below are currently before the Court. New group proceedings appear here when they are listed for a case management conference. The Court publishes information and notices to group members on each page. You can also view a hearings report that details when each proceeding is listed to be heard before the Court.
- Allianz - Fuller, Tracy-Ann v Allianz Australia Insurance Ltd & Anor; and Wilkinson, Jordan v Allianz Insurance Ltd
- Arrium - Bogan, Anthony & Anor v The Estate of Peter John Smedley (deceased) and Ors
- Box Hill Institute Student Pilot - Somers & Ors v Box Hill Institute
- COVID-19 Security Contractors (Personal Injury) - Markovic v Unified Security Group (Australia) Pty Ltd
- COVID-19 State Government (Business Losses) - 5 Boroughs NY Pty Ltd v State of Victoria
- COVID-19 State Government (Personal Injury) - Roberts v State of Victoria
- Crown Resorts - Greg Lieberman v Crown Resorts Limited
- Epping Gardens Aged Care - Agnello v Heritage Care Pty Ltd
- Essure - Turner v Bayer Australia Ltd (ACN 000 138 714) & Ors
- Flex Commissions | ANZ and Macquarie - Crawford, Steele Lee v Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd & Ors
- Flex Commissions | Westpac and St George Finance - Fox, Alannah & Anor v Westpac Banking Corporation & Anor
- Fonterra Iddles & Anor v Fonterra Australia Pty Ltd & Ors
- G8 Education - Paul Allen v G8 Education Limited
- Holden Dealership - Beecham Motors Pty Ltd v General Motors Holden Australia NSC Pty Ltd
- JLT Risk Solutions - Moira Shire Council & Anor v JLT Risk Solutions Pty Ltd (formerly called Jardine Lloyd Thomson Pty Ltd)
- Monash IVF - Bopping v Monash IVF Pty Ltd
- NAB MySuper - Shimshon v MLC Nominees Pty Limited (ACN 002 814 959) & Anor
- St Basil's Aged Care - Fotiadis v St Basil's Homes for the Aged in Victoria
- Treasury Wine Estates - Brett Stallard as trustee for the Stallard Superannuation Fund and Steven Napier v Treasury Wine Estates Ltd
- Uber (Andrianakis) - Andrianakis v Uber Technologies Incorporated & Ors
When the Court approves a proposed settlement, it moves into supervision.
- Garvoc Bushfire - Francis v Powercor Australia Limited
- Kilmore East Kinglake Black Saturday - Matthews v SPI Electricity
- Terang Bushfire - Lenahan v Powercor Australia Limited
- Falls Music and Arts Festival - Burke v Ash Sounds Pty Ltd
- Hamilton-Byrne - Creese v Hamilton-Byrne
- Scotsburn Bushfire - Schmid v Skimming
The following documents provide guidance to practitioners on the conduct of group proceedings in the Court:
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org@snoitcassalcdlc for more information regarding group proceedings in the Common Law Division.
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