New Fundings

New cases being backed by litigation funders.

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.
Woodsford Litigation Funding is backing an Australian class action against banking giant ANZ on behalf of credit card holders who were charged interest by ANZ from 1 July 2010 to 31 December 2018. The class action, filed in the Federal Court of Australia, alleges that ANZ’s “interest-free” credit card contracts contained unfair terms and that ANZ engaged in unconscionable conduct causing loss and damage to ANZ credit card holders. The claim alleges that, during the eight-year period, ANZ charged interest to customers retrospectively on credit card purchases that previously had the benefit of an interest-free period, also known as Retrospective Interest. The claim further alleges that ANZ did not provide transparent instructions to its interest-free credit card customers of the method in which it charged Retrospective Interest and that customers had no way to determine the amount of Retrospective Interest they would pay.
Woodsford is backing a collective claim against Govia Thameslink Railway that was filed on Wednesday 24th November with London’s specialist competition court, the Competition Appeal Tribunal. The claim is estimated to be worth up to £77 million. The claim was filed by Mr Justin Gutmann, a consumer rail campaigner. He is represented by law firms Hausfeld and Charles Lyndon and barristers from Monckton Chambers.
A currently-unnamed funder is backing a new collective claim in Italy that is based on a 2019 Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) decision. On 17 July 2019, the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM – Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato) concluded a complex investigation, resulting in the ascertainment of two cartel agreements, set up to distort normal competition in the markets for corrugated cardboard and corrugated cardboard packaging. The cartels involve the most important manufacturers of corrugated cardboard sheets and packaging, as well as the Italian group of corrugated cardboard manufacturers (GIFCO). In consideration of the seriousness and duration of the conduct, the Authority imposed fines of over € 287 million, paving the way for actions claiming compensation for damage suffered by direct and indirect purchasers of the cartelists.
Australian law firms Mayweathers Lawyers and William Roberts Lawyers, along with an unnamed litigation funder, are investigating potential claims by investors who may have suffered financial losses as a result of a recommendation by a financial planner or stock broker (Advisor) to invest funds in a Listed Investment Company (LIC) or a Listed Investment Trust (LIT) prior to 1 July 2020, including in circumstances where the Advisor was paid a fee for recommending the investment, commonly referred to as a stamping fee.
AxiaFunder is raising funding to support an unfair prejudice petition claim against a majority shareholder in relation to a high-value housebuilding company. AxiaFunder is estimating a 3.2x Multiple on Capital for investors if the case resolves favourably at 30 months.

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