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Class Actions

Class actions are on the increase, and represent a growing risk for businesses in New Zealand. Frequently backed by litigation funders, class actions are complex and give rise to different considerations than those in other commercial disputes.

We have leading New Zealand experts who have acted on class actions, and litigation funded claims, across a broad range of industries.

Our team of experts provide bespoke litigation advice for dealing with the complexities unique to representative claims, multi-plaintiff claims, and litigation-funded claims. Class actions often feature multiple parties, stakeholders, and regulators, with different agenda. We use our knowledge of evolving procedural and practical considerations, and our expertise and resources in managing large-scale litigation, to effect a litigation strategy tailored to your business objectives.

Our experience spans the many different types of class actions, including:

  • product liability claims
  • public-sector tort claims
  • financial services claims
  • construction claims
  • employment claims
  • securities claims
  • insolvency-related claims
  • cross-border and multi-jurisdictional claims.

Examples of our work

  • Ministry of Primary Industries - $400 million “Kiwifruit claim” alleging negligence against the Ministry
  • Westpac New Zealand - high profile “bank fees” case
  • HDI Gerling - multi-claimant cross-border product liability and insurance litigation, including Ludgater v Gerling in the Supreme Court
  • Multi-claimant cross-border product liability litigation - in sectors including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, building materials, and consumer goods fields
  • Auckland Council - 265 multi-plaintiff defective building claim
  • GE - test cases regarding the enforceability of mortgages relating to “Bluechip” company failures
  • Insolvency practitioners - claims against directors of failed companies