Trial date set for Queensland floods class action victims
7 November 2014
Today, the Supreme Court of New South Wales handed down orders providing for a timetable leading to a trial date of 18 July, 2016, for the Queensland floods class action.
The timetable sets out steps required to ensure the class action is ready for trial by July 2016, including, the exchange of expert reports on dam operations and hydrology, the delivery of an amended statement of claim, the provision by the defendants of relevant documents from the crucial period in December 2010 and January 2011 and mediation.
Maurice Blackburn class actions Principal, Damian Scattini, who is running the class action on behalf of the 4500 claimants, welcomed the timetable.
“We're pleased that we have a road map for our clients to the final resolution of this case,” Mr Scattini said.
“Preparing for trial in a case of this size and significance takes enormous resources, so while for some, July 2016 may seem like a long way off, we will be using every day between now and the trial to bring the strongest case possible before the court.
“We know these class actions are hard fought, but we also know they are one of the only ways people can secure real redress for losses they shouldn’t have suffered, so we are more than ready for the challenge ahead, and we’re glad that a trial date has now been set.”