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 2009.
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.
On 6 February 2015, the parties announced an in-principle agreement to settle the class action for the sum of $300 million dollars without admission of liability.
This settlement was reached before the trial, originally due to start on 4 February 2015, commenced.
The settlement is subject to Court approval. The application is to be heard on the 13th and 14th of May 2015 at the Supreme Court. Please refer to the notice advising group members of the proposed settlement. For further information about the class action, and the settlement approval process, please refer to the information sheet.
If you have any further questions about the Murrindindi Class Action, please telephone Maurice Blackburn on 1800 18 26 45.
Footage from the Maurice Blackburn media conference on 6 February 2015, featuring lead plaintiff Dr Katherine Rowe (left), and class action Principal Brooke Dellavedova.