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.
We are now at the opt-out stage of the Murrindindi bushfire
class action proceeding. This proceeding is separate from and
unrelated to the Kilmore East/Kinglake bushfire class action.
The information that follows relates only to the Murrindindi
bushfire class action.
Opt-out is a standard step in all class actions and it is
designed to enable group members who do not want to be included in
this class action to "opt-out" of the case. You can read a copy of
the Opt-out Notice here.
If you are a group member in the Murrindindi bushfire class
action and want to remain in the class action, there is nothing you
need to do for now.
If you do not wish to be in the Murrindindi bushfire class
action, you must opt out by 31 January 2014 by downloading and
completing a copy of the Opt-out Form and returning it to Denise Weir,
Registry Supreme Court of Victoria, Level 2, 436 Lonsdale Street,
Melbourne VIC 3000 so that is received by 31 January 2014. You
should only complete the Opt-out Form if you do not want to be a
part of the class action. People who opt-out will not be able to
claim any compensation in the class action if it is successful.
If you have any questions, please contact Maurice Blackburn on
1800 182 645.