SUPREME COURT AWARDS CRUISE PASSENGERS UP TO $20K EACH FOLLOWING SCENIC CLASS ACTION

Australian passengers who booked on Scenic Tour‘s ill-fated 2013 European river cruises have been awarded up to $20,635 each in damages, according to court documents published last week. The class action against Scenic involves approximately 1,200 claimants and the Court’s judgment may see Scenic facing a damages bill of up to $28 million including interest. Somerville Legal, alongside litigation funder Omni Bridgeway, is currently investigating the commencement of a further class action against Scenic as a result of similarly disrupted cruises that took place in 2018. More from Travel Weekly.

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Litigation Funders Expect More Class Actions as Australia’s Government Relaxes Rules

Plans by Australia’s recently elected Labor government to reinstate a financial services licensing exemption for litigation funders could lead to an upswing in class action funding. Andrew Saker, chief executive of litigation funder Omni Bridgeway, one of the few funders to have an Australian Financial Services Licence, said the government’s proposed changes will create a more conducive environment for litigation funders to work in the class action environment.

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