HWL Ebsworth Insurance Review – August 2016

15 August 2016

We are delighted to welcome you to the latest edition of the HWL Ebsworth Insurance Review.

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In this edition we review the following topics:

Plea in ACCC’s first ever criminal cartel case

We discuss the first criminal prosecution of a cartel matter in Australian since the criminal cartel offence provisions were first added to the then Trade Practices Act in 2009.

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Nervous shock where the tortfeasor is the primary victim: Finding the end point to the legal consequences of a careless act

We analyse the recent decision of Homsi v The estate of Homsi in the Victorian Supreme Court where the deceased victim was the only tortfeasor and where his mother, as plaintiff, alleged he owed her a duty as the ‘secondary victim’.  The court was required to determine whether the son owed a duty of care in driving his vehicle to ensure he did not suffer injury or death that might result in psychiatric injury to his mother.

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Evidence of causation required to get negligence claim off the ground

The recent High Court decision in Robinson Helicopter Company v McDermott [2016]  HCA 22 is a useful reminder to defendants (and their insurers) that, even when a plaintiff can point to an alternative system of work or instructions, that alone is not sufficient to result in a finding of negligence.  The plaintiff must go on to demonstrate the deficiency was causative of their loss.

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The role of ‘reasonable care’ in Proportionate Liability

In Cassegrain v Cassegrain [2016] NSWCA 71 (15 April 2016) Basten AJ emphasised the need to establish, in proportionate liability cases, that liability arose from ‘a failure to take reasonable care’ and considered whether a breach of fiduciary duty was sufficient; noting the ‘strenuous debate’ surrounding the application of proportionate liability in cases of ‘strict liability’.

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Full Federal Court overturns ASIC’s win

We review the Federal Court’s decision to allow appeals by five former directors against ASIC’s case of findings at first instance that they had beached their statutory duties.  This Full Court decision is another setback for ASIC in some of the cases ASIC has pursued in connection with directors’ statutory duties.

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Justice Elkaim’s first civil decision in the ACT Supreme Court

We discuss the first decision handed down by Justice Elkaim of the ACT Supreme Court in a civil matter with conflicting evidence in the histories given to medical assessors, the oral evidence given by a plaintiff and the manner in which the claim is particularised.

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