Buildings in Cladding Legal Fight ‘Number in the Thousands’

Australian authorities have deemed more than 3,400 residential apartment buildings unsafe due to their construction with combustible cladding, and the task of attributing liability for the crisis is shaping up to be the biggest courtroom battle in the country this year. Omni Bridgeway is working with William Roberts Lawyers on two class actions and is also investigating possible class actions against other manufacturers of cladding products deemed to be combustible. More from The Urban Developer.

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Court rejects another Canadian litigation funding agreement

The Superior Court of Quebec has released a decision rejecting a litigation funding agreement in the insolvency proceedings of Fortress Global Enterprises (TSX:FGE). The Court refused to approve the litigation funding agreement because it placed limits on Omni Bridgeway’s obligation to fund an eventual adverse costs award. Specifically, under the agreement, Omni had no obligation to pay adverse costs awards relating to costs incurred prior to the approval of the agreement or after its termination.

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Omni Bridgeway backs new Australian class action

Omni Bridgeway has agreed to fund a class action against Mesoblast Limited (ASX:MSB) on behalf of shareholders for losses arising out of Mesoblast’s alleged breaches of its continuous disclosure obligations and/or by Mesoblast engaging in misleading and deceptive conduct. The class action will be run by law firm Phi Finney McDonald.

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European Class Actions: The Funder’s Dilemma

Jeremy Marshall, Anna-Maria Quinke and Maarten van Luyn of Omni Bridgeway present a concise summary of the group claims landscape across various European jurisdictions and share their prediction that collective actions throughout Europe will increase once the Representative Actions Directive (RAD) kicks in over the next two years.

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