Maurice Blackburn exploring potential Qld floods class action

3 February 2012
National class action law firm Maurice Blackburn today confirmed it is investigating a potential class action against the operators of the Wivenhoe Dam over the January 2011 floods in South East Qld.

Maurice Blackburn Principal Damian Scattini said:

"The new evidence that has recently come to light at the Floods Commission raises serious questions about the conduct of the operators of the Wivenhoe dam during the January floods crisis in 2011. 

"It is important we get to the truth of the matter so that the thousands of people who have suffered property loss and damage, and loss of business revenue and profits get some answers and can claim compensation if the conduct of the dam operators led directly to unnecessary flooding," said Mr Scattini.

"Maurice Blackburn has an unrivalled record in conducting large scale litigation and we will continue to monitor the new evidence, as it emerges over the course of the Commission's hearings.

"There are still complex issues, including the impact of alternative release strategies on flood levels, which need to be further investigated to clarify the legal options for affected households and businesses, which could include a no win, no charge class action.  This investigation will take some months.

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers is representing the interests of the Fernvale and Surrounding Communities Action Group at the Floods Commission.

We have already given advice to hundreds of people with their rejected insurance claims arising from the 2011 Queensland floods.

Flood victims who are interested in collective action to achieve fair compensation should go to https://www.imf.com.au/Wivenhoe/default.aspx or 1800 809 600.

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