Public meetings to explain potential floods class action
1 March 2012
Flood victims in South East Qld will get the chance to hear from class action lawyers and the litigation funder IMF at a series of public meetings to be held next week.
Australia's largest litigation funder IMF and the country's largest class action firm Maurice Blackburn will host four meetings on 10-11 March in Ipswich, Fernvale, Chelmer and Wacol.
IMF is working with Maurice Blackburn to investigate a potential class action against the operators of the Wivenhoe Dam. Maurice Blackburn has been representing the interests of flood victims at the Floods Commission of inquiry which is due to deliver findings on 16 March.
"There has been a very positive response so far to the potential class action," said John Walker, IMF executive director.
"So far around 750 people have expressed an interest in the case."
Rod Hodgson Maurice Blackburn Qld principal said that although the Floods Commission isn't due to report for a fortnight, evidence given already suggests a breach of Wivenhoe's operational manual. He added that meetings helped victims get answers on the spot.
"These meetings will give people the chance to ask questions about how the case may proceed, how to join, and what the cost would be if the action was successful. People are only liable to pay a fee if the case is successful. It is also a valuable way for us to find out the impact the floods is still having in many communities.
"Maurice Blackburn has an unrivalled record in conducting large scale litigation and we expect the Floods Commission final report to help us with investigations.