Maurice Blackburn was instructed in a class action on behalf of those who suffered injury, loss or damage as a result of the Murrindindi Black Saturday bushfire of 7 February 2009.
The action alleged that the fire started at the rear of the Murrindindi Saw Mill, Wilhelmina Falls Road, Murrindindi, and that the cause of the fire was a break in a power line 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. The plaintiff alleged that the power utility company was negligent in, among other things, the construction and configuration of the power pole.
On 6 February 2015, the parties announced an in-principle agreement to settle the class action for the sum of $300 million dollars without admission of liability. This settlement was reached before the trial, originally due to start on 4 February 2015, commenced.
The settlement was approved on 27 May 2015 by Justice Emerton of the Supreme Court.
Now that the settlement and the proposed settlement distribution scheme have been approved, Maurice Blackburn will commence administering the settlement, including overseeing the assessment of the large number of claims registered as part of the class action.
If you have any further questions about the Murrindindi Class Action, please telephone Maurice Blackburn on 1800 18 26 45.
Footage from the Maurice Blackburn media conference on 6 February 2015, featuring lead plaintiff Dr Katherine Rowe (left), and class action Principal Brooke Dellavedova.