Danone dispute with Fonterra
Acting for Danone on all issues arising from the Fonterra whey protein concentrate contamination crisis arising from a false positive test result suggesting the presence of Clostridium Botulinum in Danone’s infant formula products.
Bank fees litigation
Acting for ANZ in defence of class action proceedings brought by plaintiffs who represent approximately 17,000 ANZ customers. This case is novel in that it involves a litigation funder and is a representative proceeding.
Ross Asset Management litigation
Acting for PwC who were appointed receivers of the Ross Asset Management group of companies, and Mr Ross personally, by the Court on application by the Financial Markets Authority (FMA). The company appears to be the largest ponzi scheme in New Zealand history. Investors face a theoretical shortfall of over NZ$400 million.
Acting for Carter Holt Harvey (CHH) in defence of proceedings brought by the Ministry of Education for 880 school buildings clad in plywood sheets manufactured by CHH, which were constructed between 1991 and 2014. This is the largest construction case before the New Zealand courts.
Defence of prospectus liability claim
Acting for the former directors of Feltex Carpets in defending the ongoing prospectus claim brought by a group of investors. This is the largest prospectus liability claim ever brought in New Zealand.
Kawarau Falls Station litigation
Acted for BDO, the receivers of Melview (Kawarau Falls Station) Investments (In Receivership). The dispute related to the Kawarau Falls Station, three-stage development in Queenstown that was intended to be resort village.
Acting for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu on the obligations arising under the relativity mechanism provisions which are contained in their 1997 Deed of Settlement with the Crown.
Pernod Ricard warranty dispute with Lion
Acted for Pernod Ricard on disputes arising from the 2010 sale of a number of Pernod Ricard’s wine related assets (including the popular Lindauer and Corbans brands) to Lion. The High Court ruled in Pernod Ricard’s favour on all of the claims in dispute, including requiring Lion to reimburse Pernod Ricard NZ$14 million in respect of excise incurred on the supply of stock under the deal, and dismissing Lion’s counterclaims for breach of warranty. Lion unsuccessfully appealed.
Pepsi, Frucor, Coca-Cola litigation
Successfully defended PepsiCo and Frucor Beverages against claims by Coca-Cola that they had infringed Coca-Cola’s intellectual property rights. Trade mark infringement, passing off and breaches of the Fair Trading Act were alleged.
OPI Pacific Finance (In Receivership) litigation
Acted for PwC as receiver of OPI Pacific Finance, against its former auditors. The claim raised complex issues relating to auditors' liability for corporate failure, their duties in relation to issuers of securities, and causation.
ECAN Bus Services litigation
Acted for Environment Canterbury in defence of proceedings brought by a company which had unsuccessfully tendered to provide bus services in Canterbury. The causes of action were in economic tort. The case would have been the first significant New Zealand case on the use of economic torts in a contractual setting.
Price fixing defence
Acted for both Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines (separately) in High Court proceedings brought by the Commerce Commission under the Commerce Act seeking pecuniary penalties for alleged cartel conduct in the air cargo sector.
PHARMAC Judicial Review proceedings by AstraZeneca
Acted for PHARMAC in successful judicial review proceedings issued by AstraZeneca challenging a number of decisions made by PHARMAC regarding funding of treatments for asthma.
Finance Companies including Bridgecorp Limited (In Receivership) and Nathans Finance NZ Limited (In Receivership)
Acted for the receivers of a number of finance companies on litigation matters, including bringing recovery claims against directors of Bridgecorp and against the directors and auditors of Nathans Finance.
Insurance Brokers Association of New Zealand (IBANZ) and the New Zealand Fire Service Commission
Acted for IBANZ in successful proceedings for declaratory judgments regarding the interpretation and application of the levy provisions of the Fire Service Act 1975 to two classes of material damage contracts of insurance.
Commerce Commission credit card investigation
Advised ANZ National Bank in proceedings brought by the Commerce Commission under the Commerce Act against all the major banks, Visa and Mastercard concerning price fixing of multilateral interchange fees. A settlement was reached.