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Friday 21 June 2013 / by John Van de Poll posted in Insurance

Does a plaintiff’s grandmother owe her grandchild a duty of care?

In the case of Hoffman v Boland (2013) NSWCA 158, the NSW Court of Appeal was split as to whether a duty of care arose in the circumstances of a domestic situation involving permanent injury to an infant - but the Court agreed after a lengthy opinion that there had been no breach and overturned the primary Judge's decision.

Friday 24 May 2013 / by John Van de Poll posted in Insurance

Unlike the Bible, when David takes on Goliath in the real world, Goliath almost always wins. Not any more. Enter the new species of litigation – the class action and the litigation funder. As we become more risk averse to litigation, yet continue to live in an age of consumerism where goods and services are mass produced, the idea of an army of Davids is emerging.

Class actions are a species of litigation emanating from the US, where individuals joined together to take legal action against a company or Government. They are becoming more common in Australia, especially following tort reforms in 2002 and are referred to as ‘representative proceedings’ which can be brought by virtue of the Representative Group Proceedings Act 1991.

Wednesday 10 April 2013 / by Peter Bennett posted in Insurance
Chand v Zurich Insurance

In a judgment handed down in the NSW Supreme Court, the Court was asked to determine whether an action for recovery of repair costs may be sought by an insurer, under its right of subrogation, after the settlement of recovery of rental car costs had been already finalised by consent judgment.

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