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.
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:
Click here 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.
Registration is now closed
There is a court-ordered deadline to register a claim by 4pm on 2 May 2014.
Anyone who has opted out of the class action can change their mind and register their claim by the same time.
More information about this process is set out in the Claim Registration Notice (Annexure C).
If you have any questions about registering a claim in this class action, please telephone Maurice Blackburn on 1800 18 26 45.