Omni Bridgeway and Baker McKenzie Lead Class Action Against Medibank

Gunnar Larson g at
Fri Feb 10 12:30:36 PST 2023

Class actions remain one of the most powerful tools for consumers to seek
legal redress against corporate wrongdoing, with litigation funders ready
and waiting to finance meritorious claims with the potential for strong
financial returns. This week saw the launch of a major class action in
Australia, as one of the country’s leading health insurers is facing a
serious lawsuit from its consumers over a data breach.

Reporting by the Australian Financial Review revealed that Baker McKenzie
had filed a class action lawsuit against Medibank, with the case being
financed by Omni Bridgeway. The claim is being brought on behalf of
Medibank’s customers who were affected by a cybersecurity breach last
October, which resulted in the sensitive personal data of millions of
Australians being compromised.

Baker McKenzie’s participation is noteworthy, given the firm’s history of
working with corporate clients on cybersecurity cases, including one of the
partners leading the Medibank case having previously acted for
telecommunications company, Optus, relating to a data breach. Omni
Bridgeway, which announced its support for the class action recently,
clarified that this action is “separate to representative complaints lodged
by other firms with privacy regulator OAIC.”
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