Corporations law – Misleading or deceptive conduct – Fortescue made agreements with Chinese state-owned entities to build, transfer and finance mining infrastructure – Forrest and Fortescue made public statements that binding agreements entered into – Whether statements were of opinion or fact – Whether ordinary or reasonable member of audience would understand statements as making representation about enforceability of agreements in Australian law – Whether statements misleading or deceptive or likely to mislead or deceive.
Corporations law – Continuous disclosure – Fortescue made statements to Australian Securities Exchange about agreements without publishing actual agreements – Whether obliged to disclose actual terms of agreements.
Practice and procedure – Pleadings – Statement of claim pleaded numerous allegations in alternative – Whether drafting of statement of claim in this manner desirable or appropriate.
Words and phrases – "binding contract", "extreme or fanciful", "misleading or deceptive", "opinion", "ordinary or reasonable member of audience".
Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) – ss 180(1), 674, 1041H.