Litigation & Arbitration

Nortons Inc. provide a range of litigation and dispute resolution services to our clients. We have been involved in a number of significant precedent setting matters before the High Courts and most recently the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Our directors are able to assist in high end specialist litigation including corporate disputes (arbitrations), intellectual property disputes, commercial arbitrations, constitutional and regulatory challenges as well as international arbitrations.

Premier Foods (Pty) Ltd
Nortons Inc. advised Premier Foods (Pty) Ltd in successfully opposing the dismissal of an application for certification of two class action lawsuits, which claim damages for price fixing and market allocation, filed by various South African consumer groups and bread distributors against Premier Foods and its competitors Pioneer Foods Limited and Tiger Brands Limited. The lawsuits follow the Competition Commission’s (“the Commission”) four-year investigation of the food and agro-processing sector.

Caxton and CTP Publishers
The firm advised Caxton and CTP Publishers and Printers in a review of the Commission’s decision to unconditionally approve the small merger between Paarl Media (Pty) Limited and Primedia@Home, a division of Primedia Limited. On review, the Competition Tribunal ordered that the Commission’s decision be set aside and that the merger be remitted to the Commission to be considered afresh by a new team of investigators. The merger was subsequently prohibited by the Commission.


Public Interest Litigation

Public interest litigation is where a court of law, or any private party, files a suit and not the aggrieved party itself. Nortons Inc. has been involved in a number of public interest litigation matters including:

  • Acting for the Congress of the People (COPE) in the case of the Dalai Lama not being able to enter South Africa.
  • Acting for one of the applicants in the matter where President Jacob Zuma’s purported extension of the term of office of Chief Justice Sandile Ncgobo was recently successfuluy challenged in the Constitutional Court.
  • Supporting the application as an amiicus curiae (“friend of the court”) regarding the allegedly unlawful interview and selection process the Judicial Service Commission conducted in respect of three vacancies on the bench of the Western Cape High Court.