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3 Largest Class Action Lawsuits in Australia

largest class actions Australia

A class action can bring to account a wrongdoer who causes widespread harm. If the case is successful, the Court can fairly divide the compensation amount between the affected group.

The modern class action was said to have first kicked off in 1966 in the United States, but Australia hasn’t always had the ability to take this approach. An amendment to the Federal Court of Australia Act in 1992 enabled class actions to be possible in Australia. Since its introduction, there have been 329 class actions filed in Australian Courts. Below are the three largest class actions in Australia’s history to date.

 

  1. SP AusNet/Utility Services Group -This class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of the 10,000 survivors of Victoria’s 2009 bushfires and the 119 people who died. SP AusNet and Utility Services Group were found responsible for a faulty electricity cable which caused the start of the fire. In 2014 AU$500 million was paid to those effected.
  2. Australian Banks – There have been 10 class actions against Australian banks in relation to the fees they charged their customers. These banks included Commonwealth Bank, ANZ, Westpac and NAB. They were accused for syphoning AU$400 million from customers. In 2015, ANZ won leave to appeal the decision that their late fees were too high to the High Court of Australia. This is an ongoing class action.
  3.  Sigma Pharmaceuticals– Sigma was accused of engaging in deceptive conduct by 600 shareholders. In 2012 the settlement was approved for AU$57.5 million.

 

If you have been a victim of a wrong doing, you may be eligible for compensation. If the wrong doing has affected more than one person then you may be able to join a class action. Shine Lawyers provide legal services on a No Win No Fee basis and can help you find out if you have a claim for compensation.

 

Written by Shine Lawyers on . Last modified: January 13, 2016.

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  • k crabb wrote:

    Hi we are in adelaide pmn lawyers may take our case on but unsure lipitor has caused necrotyzing autoimmune myopathy reports from rah states statin induced not touched statins for 3 years undergone treatment plus last week had gall bladder out associated with statin damage to body We have printouts fro pharmacys when she first started taking we are at a loss wife is traumatized from what she has been through in last 7 months but has been sufferring for 2 and half years before doctors finally found out what it was PLS HELP

    • Hello, Thank you for getting in touch. Could you please email contact@shine.com.au with your best contact details and I will have a member of the team give you a call to see if we can assist? Kind regards, Carlie – Shine Lawyers

  • ken crabb wrote:

    Hi we have a lawyer here in adelaide all relevant info has been given to a barrister WHO HAS DEEMED WIFE DOES HAVE A PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM AGAINST 3 DOCTORS MAINLY ONE IN PARTICULAR THIS COULD OPEN UP A MINE FIELD FOR OTHER SUFFERERS OF STATIN RELATED INJURYS NBwas a diabetic but not insulin dependant but now is Treatment now has been ongoing for 12 months on prenisalone Class action USA METHOTREXATE ALSO CLASS ACTION IN TOTAL 12 MEDICATIONS THAT ARE CLASS ACTIONS IDO HAVE EMAIL TO EFFECT FROM JACK SNELLING MINISTER FOR HEALTH ADMITTING DRUGS BANNED IN AMERICA ARE USE IN AUSTRALIA EE WERE MEMBERS OF MYOSITIS ASSOCIATION IN ADELAIDE NO ONE HAS GOT TO THIS POINT WITH LAWYERS OR BARRISTERS WE ARE HOPING THAT THIS GETS BROUGHT TO LIGHT ON STATIN DRUGS PLUS ALL RELEVANT MEDICATIONS TO WARN OTHERS PS WE HAVE CHANNEL NINE IN ADELAIDE ON STANDBY SHOULD IT GO TO COURT WIFE IS NOT RETURNING TO HOSPITAL IT HAS DONE HER NO GOOD THEY HAVE SAID THEY DONT NO WHAT TO DO AS TREATMENT IS NOT WORKING FOR HER LIKE OTHERS IN USA ,,,, SHE IS A HUMAN GUINEA PIG HOPEFULL our CASE WIL, GET S OME ATTENTION WITH LAWYERS AND MEDIA and some closure for her has not touched statins now for over 4 years mr crabb 0874801863 we are trying alternative natropath cure

    • Shine Lawyers wrote:

      Hi Ken, thanks for getting in touch and sharing your story. I am sorry to hear about your wife and everything that she has been through. If there is any way we can assist you, please enter your contact details here; http://bit.ly/2aKQU42

  • ken crabb wrote:

    Seven news aired program on statin drugs say night here in Adelaide Proffersors quote how safe they are Well i beg to differ CLASS ACTIONS ALL OVER WORLD ON STATIN DRUGS ,,,AUSTRALIA IS 10 YEARS BEHIND ITS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY INVOLVED FOR SHARE HOLDERS LIPITOR CRESTOR ZOCOR ZOLLOFT NEXIUM METHOTREXATE PRENISALONE KEFLEX LEXAPRO ROUVASTATIN has been totally banned it india, ,,,,,,,,, because of deformities…….. ARE ALL YES ALL CLASS ACTIONS IN MOST OF AMERICA SWEEDEN CANNADA HAWAI you only have to search net for the millions of people suing in mutl class actions against drug companys I have left details with your office before should this become a major issue in aus WOULD OF ENJOYED HANDING TO YOU IF YOU HAD A OFFICE IN S A OR ERIN TO TAKE ON WOULD OF SHOOK SOME GROUND

  • ken crabb wrote:
  • Teri wrote:

    I saw that program on ch 7 on Friday 9th Sept.I have inclusion body myositis.I was so irate when that doctor said any muscle problem would dissapear when people ceased taking the drug.I was very healthy.Within wks l got myositis.What an ignorant man to make such a statement he obviously did not do his homework.I sent an email to ch 7 telling them it is not always the case thar muscle recovers when drug is stopped.I got a reply saying my email has been passed to producer but l somehow think l wont hear anyrhing

    • Shine Lawyers wrote:

      Hi Teri, thanks for sharing your story. We are sorry to hear about your myositis. If you would like to discuss your legal options with a member of the New Client Team, fill in your details here: http://bit.ly/2aKQU42

  • ken crabb wrote:

    Hi we trying for personell injury claim well over 1000 medical notes has been sent from lawyer to barristerwho has stated she does s have a claim now hone to a proffersor

    • ken crabb wrote:

      Hi terri were you on statins lipitor

  • Tamzin bowden wrote:

    I was so happy to see your news post regards singular
    This medication has turned my sons life upside down I believe if we didn’t figure out it was the medication causing it we may have very well lost him
    This was my Facebook post in 2011
    PARENTS BE WARNED i have been having Terrible problems with my 5 year old son head aches sore joints not sleeping well hypersensitive frustrated fighting lazy eye worse weeing heaps drinking lots not so active cries alot yells tummy pain brain telling him things obsessed with death and the list goes on and on
    very worried thinking something is very wrong we went to doctors and specialist and many tests and hundreds of $ to be told we need counciling and also my be adhd.THEN A mum from school worked it out its his ashama meds SINGULAIR AND GUESS WHATS IN IT *ASPARTAME*we have now stopped it and my little boy is slowly getting back to his self and his school work in one week off the meds he’s is 80% better

    UPDATE .FILLING YOU IN FOR THOSE THAT WERE INTRESTED REGARDS WHAT WAS HAPPENING TO BRAY REGARDS HIS MEDICATION AND HEALTH AFTER A LOT OF RESEARCH I HAVE DISCOVERED THAT THE INGREDIENT IN THE SINGULAR MEDICATION MAKING HIM ILL WAS ASPARTAME/NUTRASWEET = ASPARTAME POISONING BRAY HAD AROUND 30 OF ITS SYMPTOMS IT HAS BASICALLY POISONED HIS BODY I CANT BELIEVE HOW TOXIC THIS STUFF IS AND ITS IN EVERYTHING WE BUY MEDICATION FOOD ETC IT WILL TAKE A WHILE TO GET OUT OF HIS SYSTEM BUT HOPING ON A FULL RECOVERY ##PLEASE READ THE LINKS YOU WILL BE HORRIFIED WHAT ITS MADE OF , Aspartame was synthesized by fermenting protein in GENETICALLY MODIFIED E-COLI Bacteria, would you consume it http://www.sweetpoison.com/aspartame-side-effects.html i myself could never drink diet drinks as they gave me migraines and years ago worked out it made me ill so i never had anything in my house with it in but i never dreamed it would be in childrens chewable ashma tablets and its not stated on the box i only found this out through extensive research anyway glad my son and familys life are getting back to normal but he now has adhd
    if any one ever tells you its safe its a load of rubbish my 5yo son is living proff that this suff is lethal and ive have docomented it all down to every little detail medical proof
    My little boy went through hell and his memory still is damaged and now suffers from severe learning issues and is now ADHD
    Ban the poison we could of lost our son
    This has cost us thousands of dollars and no one has ever contacted me it was never investigated my son
    Nothing
    With ongoing issues still to this day
    I have medical proof and a list a mile long of all his side effects the most serious one his obsession with death and hearing voices
    Regards
    Tamzin bowden
    0422141697
    Sent from my iPhone

    • Tamzin bowden wrote:

      Please disregard my terrible English as I’m am dyslexic

    • Shine Lawyers wrote:

      Hi Tamzin, thank you for taking the time to share your son’s story, it is an important message. We are very happy to hear that he has recovered well and you have removed all aspartame products from your household. If you would like to discuss your legal options, the best person to speak to would be a member of our New Client Team. To receive a callback, enter your details here: http://bit.ly/2aKQU42

  • ken crabb wrote:

    Hi the profferssor we sent info to here in adelaide is playing this down WE NOW will be getting specialist report from wifes dibetic specialist seeing he is already treating two other people for myositis this a lower form of what wife has he was one who ordered to stop plus endoscopy plus muscle biopsy when it was confirmed,,,,,, already have confirmation from rah specialist oondusive evidence has been supported by her WE ARE NOT LETTING THIS GO AS DOCTOR didnt even write in note why he prescribed it even after stating her cholestrol was fine lipitor should never have v been prescribed then overlooked her muscle damage done plus elevated ck level both lawyer and barrister have stated wife does have a claim the trauma the stress that has place on her is enormous This is not including the damage that may have been done by the 12 medications that she has been on that are class a actions around world

  • ken crabb wrote:

    Hi just found a site in W A called neuroscience research institute who states between 2000 and 2015 they have diagnosed 20 cases of necrotyzing auto immune myopathy all related to statin drugs ,,,,,,,,, there is also a web site called ,,,,,,antideppressant chat lot ofi nfo there with people and children affected im also associated with them OUR GOVERNMENTIS PLAYING ALL THIS DOWN POLITICIANS AND DOCTORS WHO TURN A BLIND EYE WELL ITS ALL GOING TO BECOME PUBLIC SOON

    • KEN wrote:

      HI FOLKS 22 MONTHS ON AND STILL DONT NO HOW TO FIX LOOKED OUTSIDE HOSPITAL RE TREATMENT 4 WEEKS INTO AND WIFE FEELING A LOT BETTER

    • ken wrote:

      we have lodge complaint with ahpra docto never recorded why he prescribed it this alone breaches national law and guidlines from australian medical board section 1 and 4 ALsO INVESTIGATIOIN lodged with health minister for treatment to wife that went on for 22 months that did nothing GLAD TO SAY WIFE IS GETTING BETTER but not at their hands looked outside for treatment that is working for her ps have journo on case possibly 2 that are willing to print and expose the use of statin drugs

  • david reece wrote:

    is there any class action against lipiptor medication as I have lost so much weight plus lots muscular pain

    • Shine Lawyers wrote:

      Hi David, this isn’t an action we are pursuing currently. If you contact our New Client Team if that situation changes your details will be on record and we can get in touch.

      • Ken wrote:

        Hi. We have. State health ombudsman. Involved with treatment. From rah. Hospital. Adelaide. Her ck level. Last diagnosis. Was. 5500. Well above. Wat she was dagnosed. Of ,3765. Despite 18 months of treatment..from them. Lipitor class. Actions are rampant around world. Canada Sweden. Italy. America. . this is terrible. Stuff. We had to drop law suit over doctor. They won’t rail on each other. We have been researching for last. 2 and a half years. For solution to problem. Caused. So far no doctor. Or specialist. Has any ideas. Wish everyone in WA. And Qld every success

  • david reece wrote:

    like to know about class action against drug called lipitor

  • Victoria wrote:

    I am interested in taking out a lawsuit against the company producing Cymbalta.
    I have been on 120mg Cymbalta for 4 years and I’m ready to stop as I don’t feel depressed/anxious/suicidal and the side effects of being on the drug now out weighs the benefits.
    Last year (2017) I managed to reduce the dose from 120mg to about 90mg, but every time I tried to reduce it to 60mg I’d ‘fall hard’ and so return to the 90mg dose.
    At one point I was feeling so ‘out of control’ on the lower dose (60mg) I ended up (back) at my local mental health hospital as I wanted to talk to my psychiatrist about managing the drug with the view to getting off it in the long term. To my disbelief, she was annoyed at me for trying to reduce my dose, ‘told me off’ for being in denial about my mental health. She literally, berated me, humiliated me and grudgingly went through the motions of her paper work, thumbing and tossing her files round on her desk, sighing as she did so.
    I became upset and very angry, naturally … I’m a 57 year old woman who is strong and independent and has never been spoken to in this way since childhood!
    I left her office promising myself that no matter how bad things got I’d never return to her office. I cried all the way to my car, made a huge effort to get myself together to drive and continue on with my day.
    And this brings me to why I feel the need to write this post.
    In our region we have a high suicide rate and I couldn’t help but think of those who have commented suicide, whilst in and out of care. I couldn’t help but think that if I were in a more fragile state, like others, I would have walked out of her office and jumped off my nearest cliff face …….. just as others have done.
    I wanted to make a formal complaint, for the sake of others more so than for myself, but didn’t have the strength to do so. I did make a verbal complaint when I was called by staff, after cancelling my follow up appointments, as they would not transfer me to another practitioner and I refused to see this women again.
    Instead, I decided to continue managing my medications on my own, returning to the 90 mg daily dose for the rest of the year.
    It’s now Feb 2018 and I’ve once again been trying to reduce my dose.
    I’ve moved house, I’m excited about my future and don’t feel I need to be on this drug, indefinitely, as I’ve been told.
    Yet, the last two to three weeks have been hell!!!
    First, the hypersensitivity to noise made my head feel like it was about to explode, then anxiety kicked in HARD. I had some Valium so used that when my symptoms got out of control.
    Now the irritability and explosions of anger are kicking in …. and, uncontrollable bouts of crying are overwhelming me.
    I wasn’t until I hit the trusty old Google ‘getting off Cymbalta’ this morning that I see that others are experiencing the same withdrawals and that in fact these withdrawal symptoms are listed as KNOWN side effects of withdrawing from the drug!!
    It’s NOT solely due to ‘my mental health issue’, as stated by my highly qualified psychiatrist!!
    These symptoms are SO real and SO challenging, (I’ve been on other antidepressants with lessor side effects). When reading a mothers story of her daughter committing suicide, my heart broke into a zillion pieces …. if her daughter had been under the right care, if both she and her daughter had been told the truth and educated about the side effects of being on and getting of this drug, her daughter may very well still be alive and living a happier life!
    My son is doing his best to support me in getting off these drugs and I have to reassure him that no matter how hard it gets I will not decide that I’m better off dead.
    This morning it got way way too tough …
    I have just taken a 30mg in the hope that these shocking symptoms will subside and therefore give both me and my son some reprieve.
    Writing this post requires ALL my attention and focus as my brain zaps away in my head, concentration drifts all over the shop, as I see tails of creatures fluttering in my side vision and my emotions rises and falls with each sentence ……
    Thank god for spell check as spelling and constructing each sentence is becoming more and more challenging!?
    In my view, these drugs should be banned.
    It’s criminal that they drug are developed, passed and prescribed as lawful medicines.
    In fact I’ve now lost ALL faith in Western Medicine as, in the last 2–3 years I’ve been prescribed 6 medications for various ‘health issues’ and I put health issues in commas as I’m questioning these ‘health issues’ for side effects of these drugs!
    Please, if you are reading this post and identify with my story, don’t give up …
    Confide in someone you can trust 100% and allow that person to support you through this process.
    Know that you are NOT ‘going mad’
    Learn to ‘tweak’ this drug by opening the capsules to find the right dose for you and make ever so smaller changes, up or down, for 3-4 weeks at a time, until you are making the progress that you want.
    And, most importantly, talk to someone you can trust, both when you find you are offered these drugs and ask them to do research for you BEFORE you start taking them.
    Take this person with you on your visits to doctors so they can ask questions on your behalf.
    DON’T try and go it alone, no matter how bad it gets …
    It’s just way way too challenging to keep your thoughts ‘real’, to be able to judge what is real and what is not.

    • Shine Lawyers wrote:

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