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Medibank class-action defense could be prejudiced by privacy-watchdog probe, court hears

By Ryan Cropp and James Panichi
  • 05 Dec 2023 07:21
  • 05 Dec 2023 07:21
Health-insurance provider Medibank Private’s court defense of several overlapping class actions would be at risk if Australia’s privacy watchdog were allowed to continue its parallel investigation into a large-scale data breach at the company, an Australian court has heard.
In a Federal Court of Australia hearing today, Medibank’s lawyers urged

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James Panichi

Senior Editor, Asia Pacific

James, an Australian journalist with over 25 years’ experience in print and electronic media, helps to oversee MLex’s coverage of regulatory risk in Asia, with special attention to Australia and New Zealand. In 2016, James was appointed as MLex’s managing editor for continental Europe, overseeing the Brussels bureau’s coverage of EU regulatory affairs and managing a team of 16 journalists in Brussels and Geneva. Previously James worked for the European Voice newspaper, before joining the European operation of US political website Politico as an investigative reporter specializing in governance, transparency and lobbying.

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