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Access to justice and efficiency key to representative (class action) orders: Cridge v Studorp Limited [2017] NZCA 376

Parker & Associates - Monday, September 11, 2017

Leaky building owners can now join the class action against James Hardie under a five month “opt-in period” granted by the Court of Appeal in Cridge v Studorp Limited [2017] NZCA 376. The Court of Appeal found that issues of duty, breach of duty and Fair Trading Act breach were sufficiently common to all owners to justify a representative or class action. Therefore, the claim had been properly brought as a representative case, stopping time “permanently” for limitation purposes for both the named plaintiffs and represented class members. The later coming into force of the 15-year limitation period under the Limitation Act was not a reason to limit the opt in period. Parker & Associates acted for the successful owners. *Stuart Dalzell, Partner, discusses the decision

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