The action

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.

The Murrindindi Class Action is set down for a trial commencing on 3 February 2015. The trial will be heard by the Honourable Justice Dixon of the Supreme Court of Victoria, and at this stage, we estimate it will take at least 5 to 6 months.            

In late October 2014 the parties will attend a mediation to determine if the class action can be resolved prior to trial.

Who is part of the class?

In accordance with a court-ordered deadline, registration for this class action closed at 4pm on 2 May 2014. If you did not register a claim by this time, you are not a group member in this class action.

If you have any questions in relation to the Murrindindi class action, please telephone Maurice Blackburn on 1800 18 26 45.