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Alphabetical (Contract)

A (contract)

External link A v Hayden (1984) 156 CLR 532
Illegality - contracts prejudicial to administration of justice

AGC (Advances) Ltd v McWhirter (1977) 1 BLR 9454 (Supreme Court of NSW)
Agreement - auction (offer v invitation to deal)

Administration of PNG v Leahy (1961) 105 CLR 6
Intention to create legal relations - government

Air Great Lakes Pty Ltd v KS Easter (Holdings) Pty Ltd [1989] 2 NSWLR 309
Intention to create legal relations - objective test

External link Alati v Kruger (1955) 94 CLR 216 (High Court)
Rescission - restitution

External link Alcatel Australia Ltd v Scarcella (1998) 44 NSWLR 349
Implied term of good faith (in NSW a duty of good faith may be implied in a contract)

External link Amoco Australia Pty Ltd v Rocca Bros Motor Engineering Co Pty Ltd (1973) 133 CLR 288 (High Court)
Illegality - restraint of trade

Andrews v Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd [2012] HCA 30
Remedies - Penalty clauses

Andrews v Parker (1973) Qd R 93
Illegality - prejudicial to status of marriage

ANZ v Frost Holdings Pty Ltd [1989] VR 695
Agreement - uncertainty

Ashton v Pratt (2014) 88 NSWLR 281; [2015] NSWCA 12 
Intention (no presumptions arising out of nature of family/social relationship - para 73 applying Ermogenous), certainty, unconscionability

Associated Newspapers Ltd v Bancks (1951) 83 CLR 322; [1951] HCA 24 (High Court)
Terms (condition) - Breach going to root of contract

Astley v Austrust Limited (2000) 197 CLR 1; [1999] HCA 6 (4 March 1999) (High Court)
Implied terms

Australian Woollen Mills Pty Ltd v The Commonwealth (1954) 92 CLR 424 (High Court)
Formation - agreement, consideration, intention

B (contract)

UK flag Balfour v Balfour [1919] 2 KB 571
Intention to create legal relations

Baltic Shipping Co v Dillon (1993) 176 CLR 344
Availability of damages for mental distress

External link Banque Brussels Lambert v Australian National Industries (1989) 21 NSWLR 502 (subscription)
Intention to create legal relations (letter of comfort)

Beaton v McDivitt (1987) 13 NSWLR 162
Consideration v Condition

UK flag Bell v Lever Bros [1932] AC 161
Mistake

Biotechnology Australia Pty Ltd v Pace(1988) 15 NSWLR 130
Uncertainty - Illusory promise

UK flag Blackpool & Flyde Aero Club v Blackpool Borough Council [1990] 3 All ER 25
Offer v invitation to deal

Blomley v Ryan (1956) 99 CLR 362 (High Court)
Capacity - Intoxication

External link Booker Industries Pty Ltd v Wilson Parking (Qld) Pty Ltd [1982] HCA 53; (1982) 149 CLR 600 (High Court)
Certainty - Implied term

Brambles Holdings Ltd v Bathurst City Council (2001) 53 NSWLR 153
Agreement - acceptance by conduct - limitations of 'offer-acceptance' analysis

Bressan v Squires [1974] 2 NSWLR 460
Acceptance (form - communication)

Bridgewater v Leahy (1998) 194 CLR 437
Unconscionable conduct (equity) - uncle/nephew - relevance of independent advice

UK flag Brinkibon Ltd v Stahag Stahl und Stahlwarenhandelsgessellschaft mbH [1983] 2 AC 34 (House of Lords)
Acceptance - Postal Rule

Brisbane City Council v Group Products Pty Ltd [1979] HCA 54 (High Court)
Frustration

Brooks v Burns Philp Trustee Co Ltd (1969) 121 CLR 433
Illegality - severance

Butcher v Lachlan Elder Realty Pty Ltd (2004) 218 CLR 592 (High Court)
Misleading or deceptive conduct

UK flag Butler Machine Tool Co Ltd v Ex-Cell-O Corp (England) Ltd [1979] 1 WLR 401
Agreement - battle of the forms

UK flag Byrne v Van Tienhoven (1880) LR 5 CPD 344 (Court of Common Pleas)
Agreement - revocation - postal rule

C (contract)

Carlill advertisementUK flag Carlill v Carbolic Smoke Ball Co [1893] 1 QB 256
Offer - acceptance - consideration

CCP Australian Airships Ltd v Primas Telecommunications Pty Ltd [2004] VSCA 232
Construction of contract - 'non-refundable deposit' - total failure of consideration
Damages - wasted expenditure - reliance damages
Misleading conduct - whether reasonable grounds for believing airship could be supplied

UK flag Central London v High Trees [1947] KB 130
Promissory Estoppel

UK flag Chappell & Co Ltd v Nestle Co Ltd [1960] AC 87
Consideration - anything stipulated (peppercorn case)

UK flag Clarke v Dunraven [1897] AC 59
Agreement with no identifiable offer or acceptance

Coal Cliffs Collieries Pty Ltd v Sijehama Pty Ltd (1991) NSWLR 1
Certainty - agreements to negotiate

Codelfa Construction Pty Ltd v State Rail Authority of NSW (1982) 149 CLR 337 (High Court)
Implied terms - frustration

Cohen v Cohen (1929) 42 CLR 91 (High Court)
Intention - husband/wife

Commercial Bank of Australia v Amadio (1983) 151 CLR 447 (High Court)
Unconsionable conduct

Commonwealth v Amann Pty Ltd (1991) 174 CLR 9 (High Court)
Remoteness of damage

Con-Stan Industries of Australia Pty Ltd v Norwich Winterthur Insurance (Australia) Ltd [1986] HCA 14; (1986) 160 CLR 226 (High Court)
Implied term - custom - business efficacy - insurance

Concrete Constructions v Nelson (1990) 169 CLR 594 (High Court)
Misleading or deceptive conduct - in trade or commerce

Coulls v Bagot's Executor & Trustee Co Ltd (1967) 119 CLR 460 (High Court)
Consideration with joint promisees - privity

Council of the Upper Hunter County District v Australian Chilling & Freezing Co Ltd (1968) 118 CLR 429 (High Court)
Certainty

Crescendo Management Pty Ltd v Westpac Banking Corp (1988) 19 NSWLR 40
Duress (economic)

Crown v Clarke (1927) 40 CLR 227 (High Court)
Acceptance in response to offer

UK flag Curtis v Chemical Cleaning and Dyeing Co [1951] 1 KB 805
Relevance of signature - where given after misrepresentation

UK flag External link Cutter v Powell [1795] EWHC KB J13 (9 June 1795) King's Bench
Performance - contract not divisible - entire contracts

D (contract)

E (contract)

F (contract)

UK flag Fauzi Elias v George Sahely & Co (Barbados) Ltd [1983] 1 AC 646
Formalities - use of two documents to comply with formaliteis

UK flag Felthouse v Bindley (1862) 142 ER 1037
Acceptance by silence

Fitzgerald v F J Leonhardt Pty Ltd [1997] 189 CLR 215 (13 May 1997) (High Court)
Illegality

External link Fitzgerald v Masters (1956) 95 CLR 420 (High Court)
Breach - Abandonment

UK flag Foakes v Beer (1884) 9 App Cas 605
Consideration - Part payment of a debt

Fong v Cilli (1968) 11 FLR 495 (Supreme Court of the NT)
Lapse of offer - death of offeror (the Court accepting the proposition that 'an offer cannot be accepted after the death of the offeror by an offeree having notice of such death') (full case not freely available online at this time)

Foran v Wight [1989] HCA 51; (1989) 168 CLR 385 (High Court)
Breach of contract - time of the essence - estoppel

Futuretronics International Pty Ltd v Gadzhis [1992] 2 VR 217 (Supreme Court of Victoria)
Misleading and deceptive conduct - representation as to future conduct - whether contractual promise = representation

G (contract)

H (contract)

UK flag Hadley v Baxendale (1854) 9 Ex 341
Damages - Remoteness

Hall v Busst (1960) 104 CLR 206 (High Court)
Certainty

USA flag mini Hamer v Sidway (1881) 124 NY 538
Consideration - giving up freedom

USA flag mini Harrington v Taylor 36 SE 2d 227 (1945)
Past consideration

UK flag Hart v O'Connor [1985] 1 AC 1000
Capacity

Hawker Pacific Pty Ltd v Helicopter Charter Pty Ltd (1991) 22 NSWLR 298
Duress

External link HCK China Investments Ltd v Solar Honest Ltd [1999] FCA 1156 (23 August 1999)
Illegality

External link Henjo Investments v Collins Marrickville; [1988] FCA 40; (1988) 39 FCR 546; (1988) 79 ALR 83
Misleading conduct/misrepresentation (silence)

Howe v Teefy (1927) 27 SR(NSW) 301
Damages - loss of chance

UK flag Hyde v Wrench (1840) Beav 334
Agreement - counter-offer

External link Hughes Aircraft Systems International v Airservices Australia [1997] FCA 558;(1997) 146 ALR 1
Good faith - implied term

I (contract)

J (contract)

JC Williamson Ltd v Lukey & Mulholland (1931) 45 CLR 282 (High Court)
Formalities - doctrine of part performance - doctrine of specific performance

Johnson v Buttress (1936) 56 CLR 113 (High Court)
Undue influence - presumed undue influence

UK flag Jones v Padavatton [1969] 2 All ER 616
Intention to create legal relations

K (contract)

Kakavas v Crown Melbourne Ltd [2013] HCA 25 (5 June 2013) (High Court)
Unconsionable conduct (pre-decesser to s 20 Australian Consumer Law)

UK flag Henry Kendall & Sons v William Lillico & Sons Ltd [1969] 2 AC 31
Incorporation of terms through prior dealing

Koompahtoo Local Aboriginal Land Council v Sanpine Pty Limited (2007) 233 CLR 115 (High Court)
Contract - repudiation - serious breach

L (contract)

M (contract)

MacRobertson Miller Airline Services v Commissioner of State Taxation (WA) (1975) 133 CLR 125
Agreement - Certainty - Illusory contract

Maguire v Makaronis (1997) 188 CLR 449 [1997] HCA 23 (25 June 1997) (High Court)
Equitable remedies - solicitor client - fiduciary relationship

UK flag Manchester Diocesan Council for Education v Commercial & General Investments Ltd [1970] 1 WLR 241
Acceptance (form)

External link Marks v GIO Australia Holdings Limited [1998] HCA 69 (11 November 1998) (High Court)
Misleading or deceptive conduct - damages

External link Masters v Cameron (1954) 91 CLR 353 (High Court)
Certainty - subject to contract

Maxitherm Boilers Pty Ltd v Pacific Dunlop Ltd [1998] 4 VR 559
Agreement - Battle of the forms

McBride v Sandland (1918) 25 CLR 69
Formalities - part performance

External link McDonald v Dennys Lascelles Ltd (1933) 48 CLR 457 (High Court)
Discharge for breach - accrued rights - instalments

External link McRae v Commonwealth Disposals Commission (1951) 84 CLR 377 (High Court)
Mistake

External link Meehan v Jones (1982) 149 CLR 571 (High Court)
Certainty (subject to finance)

Miller & Associates Insurance Broking Pty Ltd v BMW Australia Finance Ltd (2010) 421 CLR 357; [2010] HCA 31
Misleading or deceptive conduct - non-disclosure

Mobil Oil Australia Ltd v Lyndel Nominees Pty Ltd [1998] 205 FCA; Mobil Oil Australia v Wellcome International (1998) 81 FCR 475
Offer and acceptance - unilateral contract - can offer be retracted after act of acceptance commended?

External link Molonglo Group (Australia) Pty Ltd v Cahill [2018] VSCA 147
Sale of land - agreement to purchase - whether intention to be immediately bound.
(Appeal from Cahill v Kiversun Pty Ltd [2017] VSC 641)

External link Money v Westpac Banking Corporation [1988] FCA 84 (1988) ATPR (Digest) 46-038
Misleading conduct - mistake - non est factum - rectification

Musumeci v Winadell Pty Ltd (1994) 34 NSWLR 723
Consideration - performance of existing duties

N (contract)

O (contract)

P (contract)

UK flag Pao On v Lau Yiu Long [1979] 3 WLR 435
Past consideration - exception to general rule

External link Pacific Carriers Ltd v BNP Paribas [2004] HCA 35; 218 CLR 451; 208 ALR 213; 78 ALJR 1045
[Contract - carriage by sea - construction and interpretation - agency]

External link Paciocco v Australia and New Zealand Banking Group ltd [2016] HCA 28 (High Court)
Penalty clauses

UK flag External link Paradine v Jane [1647] EWHC KB J5 (26 March 1647)
Frustration - absolute obligations - and Prince Rupert!

External link Parkdale Custom Built Furniture Pty Ltd v Puxu Pty Ltd [1982] HCA 44; (1982) 56 ALJR 715; 42 ALR 1
[Misleading or deceptive conduct - conduct suggesting products manufacturered by another company]

Pavey & Matthews v Paul (1987) 162 CLR 221 (High Court)
Unenforceable contract - Restitution - Unjust Enrichment - Quantum meruit claim

Petelin v Cullen (1975) 132 CLR 355 (High Court)
Mistake - Non Est Factum

UK flag Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain v Boots [1953] 1 QB 401
Offer v Invitation to deal

UK flag Photo Production Ltd v Securicor Transport Ltd [1980] 1 All ER 556
Exclusion clauses

External link Pianta v National Finance and Trustees [1964] HCA 61; (1964) 180 CLR 146 (High Court)
Vendor and Purchaser - contract of sale - oral agreement - specific performance - adequacy of damages

External link Pirie v Saunders (1961) 104 CLR 149; [1961] HCA 4
Formalities - oral agreement - authenticated signature fiction

External link Placer Development Ltd v Commonwealth [1969] HCA 29; (1969) 121 CLR 353 (High Court)
Certainty

Popiw v Popiw [1959] VR 197
Consideration

External link Port Jackson Stevedoring Pty Ltd v Salmond & Spraggon (Aust) Pty Ltd [1978] HCA 8; (1977) 139 CLR 23 (High Court)
Exclusion clauses - third parties

External link Pukallus v Cameron High Court [1982] HCA 63 (High Court)
Mistake - rectification

R (contract)

S (contract)

T (contract)

Tabcorp Holdings Ltd v Bowen Investments Pty Ltd [2009] HCA 8
Damages for breach of contract - cost of rectification - lease

External link Tanwar Enterprises Pty Ltd v Cauchi [2003] HCA 57; 217 CLR 315; 201 ALR 359; 77 ALJR 1853 (High Court)
Breach of contract - time of essence - specific performance

UK flag External link Taylor v Caldwell [1863] EWHC QB J1 (6 May 1863)
Frustration - music hall - implied term

External link Taylor v Johnson [1983] HCA 5; (1983) 151 CLR 422 (High Court)
Mistake

External link The Edge Development Group Pty Ltd v Jack Road Investments Pty Ltd [2019] VSCA 91
Conditional contract - intention to be bound - Masters v Cameron (third category)

External link Thomas Brown & Sons Ltd v Fazal Deen [1962] HCA 59; (1962) 108 CLR 391 (High Court)
Illegality - severence

Thorne v Kennedy [2017] HCA 49 (High Court)
Undue Influence - Unconscionable Conduct (pre-nuptual agreement)

UK flag Thornton v Shoe Lane Parking Ltd [1971] 1 All ER 686
Incorporation of terms - notice (automatic ticket machine)

Todd v Nicol [1957] SASR 72
Intention - family agreement

Toll (FGCT) Pty Ltd v Alphapharm Pty Ltd [2004] HCA 52; 219 CLR 165; 79 ALJR 129; 211 ALR 342 (High Court)
Exclusion clauses

Trident General Insurance Co Ltd v McNiece Bros Pty Ltd (1988) 165 CLR 107
Privity of Contract

UK flag Tweddle v Atkinson (1861) 1 B & S 393; [1861-1873] All ER Rep 369
Privity of Contract - Consideration

U (contract)

W (contract)

Y

Yango Pastoral Company Pty Ltd v First Chicago Australia Ltd [1978] HCA 42; (1978) 139 CLR 410 (High Court)
Statutory illegality

Yerkey v Jones (1939) 63 CLR 649
Undue Influence - husband and wife

Yorke v Lucas [1985] HCA 65; (1985) 158 CLR 661
Misleading or deceptive conduct - liability of persons aiding, abetting etc a party to contravention - whether knowledge of facts necessary

 

Alphabetical (Australian Consumer Law (and TPA))

A (consumer law)

ACCC v Kimberly-Clark Australia Pty Ltd [2019] FCA 992 (28 June 2019)
Misleading or deceptive conduct (arising from claims of flushable wipes) (claim failed)

ACCC v LG Electronics Pty Ltd [2018] FCAFC 96 (27 June 2018)
Misleading or deceptive conduct (relating to existence, exclusion or effect of consumer guarantee)

ASIC v Kobelt [2019] FCA 992 (12 June 2019)
Unconscionable conduct

B (consumer law)

Bridgewater v Leahy (1998) 194 CLR 437 (High Court)
Unconscionable conduct - uncle/nephew - relevance of independent advice
[claim in equity but relevant to statutory unconscionable conduct claims]

Butcher v Lachlan Elder Realty Pty Ltd (2004) 218 CLR 592 (High Court)
Misleading or deceptive conduct

C (consumer law)

External link CCP Australian Airships Ltd v Primas Telecommunications Pty Ltd [2004] VSCA 232
Misleading conduct - whether reasonable grounds for believing airship could be supplied

Commercial Bank of Australia v Amadio (1983) 151 CLR 447 (High Court)
Unconsionable conduct
[claim in equity but relevant to statutory unconscionable conduct claims]

Concrete Constructions v Nelson (1990) 169 CLR 594 (High Court)
Misleading or deceptive conduct - in trade or commerce

D (consumer law)

E (consumer law)

F (consumer law)

Forthcoming

G (consumer law)

H (consumer law)

External link Henjo Investments v Collins Marrickville; [1988] FCA 40; (1988) 39 FCR 546; (1988) 79 ALR 83
Misleading conduct/misrepresentation (silence)

External link Houghton v Arms (2006) 225 CLR 553
Misleading conduct (trade or commerce; liability of employees)

I (consumer law)

Forthcoming

J (consumer law)

Forthcoming

K (consumer law)

Kakavas v Crown Melbourne Ltd [2013] HCA 25 (5 June 2013) (High Court)
Unconsionable conduct (pre-decesser to s 20 Australian Consumer Law)

L (consumer law)

Louth v Diprose (1992) 175 CLR 621 (High Court)
Unconscionable conduct (equity)
[not considered under statute but relevant to statutory unconscionable conduct]

M (consumer law)

N (consumer law)

National Australia Bank Ltd v Garcia (1996) 39 NSWLR 577; [1996] NSWSC 253
Unconscionable conduct (equity) - Undue Influence
[This did not involve statutory unconscionable conduct but principles are relevant to statutory unconscionable conduct]

O (consumer law)

Forthcoming

P (consumer law)

External link Parkdale Custom Built Furniture Pty Ltd v Puxu Pty Ltd [1982] HCA 44; (1982) 56 ALJR 715; 42 ALR 1
[Misleading or deceptive conduct - conduct suggesting products manufacturered by another company]

R (consumer law)

Forthcoming

S (consumer law)

Forthcoming

T (consumer law)

Forthcoming

U (consumer law)

Unique International College Pty Ltd v ACCC [2018] FCAFC 155 (19 September 2018)
Unconscionable conduct

W (consumer law)

Wardley Australia Ltd v Western Australia ("Rothwells Loan case") [1992] HCA 55; (1992) 175 CLR 514
[Misleading conduct - time at which cause of action accures]

External link Williams v Pisano [2015] NSWCA 177 (29 June 2015) (special leave refused)
Misleading conduct - Australian Consumer Law - meaning of 'trade or commerce'

Y (consumer law)

Yorke v Lucas [1985] HCA 65; (1985) 158 CLR 661
Misleading or deceptive conduct - liability of persons aiding, abetting etc a party to contravention - whether knowledge of facts necessary