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Ruby Princess cruise ship with crew infected with COVID-19 The operator of the Ruby Princess cruise liner, Carnival Plc, is the target of Australia’s first class-action lawsuit related to the COVID-19 pandemic. About 700 novel coronavirus cases and 21 deaths have been linked to the Ruby Princess. Photo: Mandy Creighton/Shutterstock.com

Defense lawyers and insurers in Australia expect to see an increase in the number of coronavirus-related class-action suits as the pandemic wears on, particularly in tourism and aged care.

So far, only a handful of COVID-19-related class actions have been filed in Australia, but lawyers say that is likely to change.

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Christopher Niesche

Christopher Niesche is the Australia correspondent for Law.com International. He covers the business of law in Australia and writes about lawyers, global and domestic law firms and in-house law departments. He also covers Australian regulatory matters. He can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter: @ChrisNiesche.

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