Andrew Morrison

Clayton Utz
Partner Melbourne

Recognised as a Leading Individual in Class Actions

– Legal 500 Asia Pacific


Internationally recognised as a leading Australian class actions and product liability defence lawyer, Andrew has over three decades experience defending complex pharmaceutical, medical device, automotive, competition, employment and commercial class actions. His results have significantly influenced the development of Australia's class action law.

Notable Work
  • Complex Litigation: advising one of the five defendants on a £1 billion+ class action by its claimants over allegations that they rigged the global foreign exchange market.
  • Victorian Department of Health and Victorian Health Services: defending in multiple alleged unrostered overtime class actions, which are currently a part of one of the largest public sector disputes in Victoria at present.
  • Toyota: defending in two high profile class actions, both the first of their kind in Australia, the first in relation to the performance of its Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) in compliance with Australian Design Regulations, the second being a class action issued in the Supreme Court of Victoria in relation to the emission controls utilised in diesel vehicles to reduce pollutant emissions in compliance with Australian Design Regulations.
  • MSDA and Merck & Co Inc: represented the successful defence of Australian claims alleging cardiovascular injuries as a result of consumption of the COX-2 inhibitor VIOXX.
  • Myer: successfully defended a shareholder class action in the Federal Court involving allegations that Myer engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct and contravened its continuous disclosure obligations.
  • Consumer Class Action: led the defence in one of Australia's largest resolved private enforcement class actions arising from alleged anti-competitive conduct in the international vitamins industry during the 1990s.
  • International insurer: advised in the defence strategy applied to successfully resolve a complex multi-party class action in relation to toxic gas emissions from a major urban landfill.
  • Baxter Health: successfully defended a number of class actions in relation to silicone implants.
  • Dust Diseases Litigation: defence of dust diseases claims in the Supreme Court of Victoria, the NSW Dust Diseases Tribunal and the Supreme Court of South Australia.
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