HCA: consent judgments and contribution claims

Newcrest Mining Limited v Thornton [2012] HCA 60 (13 December 2012)

I refer you to the judgment summary and note the relevant words in s 7(1)(b) of the Law Reform (Contributory Negligence and Tortfeasors’ Contribution) Act 1947 (WA) are identical to those in s 6(b) of the Law Reform Act 1995 (QLD) together with interstate analogues:

“the sums recoverable under the judgments given in those actions by way of damages shall not in the aggregate exceed the amount of the damages awarded by the judgment first given…” (emphasis added).

Brisbane Barrister – David Cormack

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