This class action is for BankWest customers who have been affected by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s (CBA) acquisition of BankWest in December 2008.
In March 2016, proceedings were commenced in the Supreme Court of New South Wales alleging that in the period between 19 December 2008 and 31 December 2012, BankWest acted unconscionably in removing 1,958 commercial loan facilities with a value between $10 billion - $18 billion from its commercial loan book.
CBA’s alleged conduct
Following its acquisition by CBA, BankWest undertook a systemic review of its commercial loan book. It reviewed approximately 1,958 files relating to commercial loans provided by BankWest.
It is alleged that BankWest devised and implemented a system by which it artificially distressed the loans and banking facilities of customers with a view to removing their loans from its books.
It is further alleged that BankWest’s credit policy was materially altered, such that the 1,958 loans that were performing loans had their credit risk downgraded and were then classified as non-performing loans. Following their classification as non-performing loans, BankWest:
- Hindered or prevented customers from performing their obligations under the respective facility agreement;
- Placed the customers’ loans and banking relationship into the Credit Asset Management department of BankWest; and
- Wrote off the loans.
It is alleged that in doing so, BankWest breached its contractual obligations and the Banking Code of Conduct and as a result has caused customers to suffer loss and damage.
Our offer to you
- Obligation-free consultation to assess your case confidentially
- Claim assessment process where we will explain all of the options available to you
- No Win No Fee arrangement
Meet the team
- Jan Saddler
- Tristan Gaven
- Cody Nguyen
For further enquiries regarding this class action, please email us at BankwestCBA@shine.com.au.
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Common questions about BankWest/CBA Class Action
- Were a “small business” customer as defined by the Banking Code of Conduct (less than 100 full time employees if the business is or include the manufacture of goods or in any other case, less than 20 full time employees); and
- Had entered into facility agreements with BankWest prior to 19 December 2008; and
- Had loan facilities which were subject of a review by BankWest after 19 December 2008 which were subsequently placed in the Credit Asset Management division of BankWest; or
- You were a guarantor under the facility agreements entered into with the BankWest prior to 19 December 2008.
If you are eligible, you can join the class action and become a group member by signing a client agreement with Shine Lawyers and a litigation funding agreement with JustKapital, the litigation funder. Please contact us to do so or to get further information about the action.
New South Wales
- Gold Coast
- Hervey Bay
- North Lakes
- Stones Corner
- Sunshine Coast
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