Australia: Baxter Ruling Limits Crown Immunity

Law360, New York (August 30, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a major change to established thinking, Australia's High Court has effectively limited its 1979 decision relating to Crown immunity. It has said that crown immunity does not apply to commercial contracts involving federal, state and territory governments, as far as the corporation contracting with that government is concerned.

* Case Background *

The case related to five long-term contracts for the supply of sterile fluid products to public hospitals entered into by Baxter Healthcare Pty Limited (Baxter) with the relevant purchasing authorities of Western Australia,...
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