De Bortoli Wines Pty Limited v HIH Insurance Limited (in liq) [2011] FCA 645 (9 June 2011)

CORPORATIONS – s 1321 Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) and reg 5.6.54 Corporations Regulations 2001 – appeal from liquidators rejection of formal proof of claim –consideration of role of liquidators in determining whether to admit or reject proofs – role is quasi-judicial – appeal from liquidators’ decision is interlocutory

EVIDENCE – hearsay evidence – consideration of exceptions to hearsay rule – whether transcript of examination under s 596B Corporations Act admissible – s 597(14) Corporations Act not relevant – whether transcript admissible under s 69 Evidence Act 1995 (Cth) as business record – whether admissible under s 75 Evidence Act because interlocutory proceeding – section requires particular identification of the maker of representation – even if maker identified transcript not admissible merely because interlocutory proceeding – Court has discretion to exclude evidence where prejudice outweighs probative value – transcript not admissible under exceptions to hearsay rule

TRADE PRACTICES – applicant claims shares purchased in reliance on misleading and deceptive conduct in breach of s 52 Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth) – consideration of causation and reliance – conduct need not be sole cause of loss – carelessness not a bar to recovery of damages under s 82 Trade Practices Act – question of reliance to be considered in light of the circumstances surrounding each purchase – applicant relied on own judgment and experience – reliance not established

Evidence Act 1995 (Cth) ss 59, 69, 75, 128, 136