MEDIA RELEASE: Case against Appco Group Australia has no legal basis as a class action
Appco Group Australia has applied to prevent the case against it being brought as a class action.
In a directions hearing on 7 March 2017, Appco Australia made the request to the court on the grounds that the claims against it are weak and there is no legal basis for the allegations of ‘sham contracting’.
Appco Australia operates a compliant business and there is not, and has never been, any planned, widespread or consistent ‘sham contracting’.
It will continue to defend itself in this proceeding and is confident that it has acted lawfully at all times. Appco Australia also believes that the case does not meet the criteria to continue as a class action and that this should be determined before the parties incur further costs.
Appco Australia had previously asked Chamberlains Law Firm a number of questions about its statement of claim. After receiving Chamberlains’ responses, Appco Australia determined it was necessary to ask the court to make orders that would prevent the claim by the case’s lead claimant, Mr Bywater, continuing as a class action, and may apply to have elements of Mr Bywater’s individual case against Appco Australia struck out.
This application will be heard in court by Justice Wigney on 16 May 2017.
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