Equine Influenza Class Action

Maurice Blackburn has filed a class action in the Federal Court of Australia. The class action will seek damages for individuals, clubs, businesses and not-for-profit organisations that suffered economic loss due to the outbreak of equine influenza in eastern Australia in August 2007.

Watch the video of class action Principal Damian Scattini explaining the legal action.

What is the class action about?

The class action is being brought against the Commonwealth in negligence. As the occupier of the Eastern Creek Quarantine Station, the Commonwealth had a duty to prevent the escape of dangerous substances and control dangerous activities.

Watch the video of class action lead applicant Robin Hosking tell his story.

Who is the class action against?

The class action is being brought against the Commonwealth in negligence. As the occupier of the Eastern Creek Quarantine Station, the Commonwealth had a duty to prevent the escape of dangerous substances and control dangerous activities.

How did the Commonwealth allegedly breach its duty of care?

The findings of theCallinan Inquiry into the 2007 Equine Influenza outbreak lend support to one part of a potential class action - that the Commonwealth breached its duty to:

  • take reasonable care to control a dangerous substance (the equine influenza virus) on the Eastern Creek Quarantine Station, and
  • to control dangerous activities carried out at the Eastern Creek Quarantine Station.

How will the class action work?

The class action has been filed in the Federal Court of Australia. It is seeking damages for economic loss. The amount of damages will vary from person to person depending upon their individual circumstances. It is being funded by Argentum Centaur EI Funding Private Limited, with an application for co-funding by Claims Funding Australia Pty Ltd, and run on a no win, no fee basis for group members.

How can I find out more?

For more information on the class action please phone Maurice Blackburn directly on 1800 675 368 or email equineinfluenza@mauriceblackburn.com.au.

Maurice Blackburn to file equine influenza class action today, media statement, 15 May 2013

Ryan joins class action over $1 million loss, Maitland Mercury, 21 November 2012

Legal fight for Equine Influenza compensation, Breeding and Racing magazine, November 2012

EI deadline looms Class action set to go, Warwick Daily News, 17 December 2012

Lawyers prepare class action over horse flu outbreak, The World Today, 19 December 2012