In which country was the law firm 'Maurice Blackburn' founded in 1919?
'Maurice Blackburn Lawyers', was founded in 1919 by Maurice Blackburn. The firm is an Australian plaintiff law firm, having represented clients in a number of high-profile cases since its establishment.
Since its establishment, 'Maurice Blackburn Lawyers' have acted in a number of cases, including:
- The '40-Hour Working Week Case' - in conjunction with the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), Maurice Blackburn fought for shorter working hours;
- The 'MUA (Maritime Union of Australia) Waterfront Dispute Case' - represented maritime workers against the Commonwealth Government during the waterfront dispute in 1998;
- The 'GIO (Government insurance Office) Class Action' - the first shareholder class action win in Australian legal history;
- The 'Centro Class Action' - the biggest class action settlement in legal history;
- The 'Mohammed Haneef Case' - defended Dr. Haneef against false charges of terrorism in 2010 and later acted on his behalf in a defamation matter;
- The 'Gene Patent BRCA1 Case' - a ruling that saw the High Court rule that a mutated gene that causes cancer cannot be subject to a patent under Australian law.
The company headquarters is in Melbourne, Victoria and there are some 30 offices around the country, employing in excess of 1,000 staff. The company slogan is 'We Fight for Fair'.