Bushfire Class Action: Murrindindi/Marysville
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers are instructed in a class action
on behalf of those who have suffered injury, loss or damage as a
result of the Murrindindi Black Saturday bushfire of 7 February
The action alleges that the fire started at the rear of the
Murrindindi Saw Mill, Wilhelmina Falls Road, Murrindindi. It is
alleged that the most probable cause of the fire was a break in an
electrical conductor resulting from deficiencies in the
construction and configuration of a power pole. The fire spread
rapidly, killing 40 people, destroying over 500 homes, and causing
millions of dollars of damage. It is alleged that the power
utility company was negligent in, amongst other things, the
construction and configuration of the power pole.
Who is part of the class?
Persons and businesses who suffered physical or psychological
injury, property or economic loss or damage, and the dependants and
estates of people who died in the Murrindindi bushfire. The towns
affected by this bushfire include:
to enlarge the map of the area affected by the Murrindindi
bushfire. It you suffered loss as a result of the fire in the
highlighted area, you are a group member in the Class Action.
How to Register
If you are a person or a business affected by this bushfire, and
would like to register with us please contact:
Bushfire Class Action Centre
Level 10/456 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
T: 1800 182 645
Registration is free and without obligation. You are not
retaining Maurice Blackburn as your lawyer by registering.
You are a group member if you suffered the type of losses
described as a result of the fire. You do not need to register in
order to be a group member.
However, your registration will enable us to better estimate the
loss suffered by the group, and will enable us to provide you with
advice regarding whether you should participate in the claim. It
will also enable us to keep you notified of developments and may
help you to recover your individual losses.
The case is being conducted on a no win - no fee
basis. If you ultimately retain us to act you will not have to pay
any fees unless we recover damages for you. You cannot be ordered
to pay the other side's costs if the action is unsuccessful.
Lawyers leading the Murrindindi Black Saturday bushfire class
action, Andrew Watson and Natalie Sheard, outlined the firm's case
to hundreds of people affected by the fires on 7, 8 November
Over the course of two community meetings, one at the Buxton
Memorial Hall and one at Maurice Blackburn headquarters in
Melbourne, more than 200 attendees heard about what the lawyers
believe caused the fire, and how the class action system works. The
firm received positive feedback from the attendees, who found the
meeting to be very constructive.