This follows the first defendant, Seqwater, confirming last Friday it would also appeal the judgment. The State Government, the third defendant, confirmed late last year it would not appeal.
The following statement can be attributed to Rebecca Gilsenan, Principal Lawyer at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers:
“Today is an incredibly hard day for the thousands of flood victims in our class action, who now face a very long road to compensation as a result of both state owned entities Sunwater and Seqwater confirming they will appeal the floods class action judgment,” Ms Gilsenan said.
“The announcement today by Sunwater confirms that unless a solution is found soon our clients face many long months, if not years, of having to wait for the compensation they deserve.
“The only path to a resolution in the near term is for the State Government to step in.
“The people who lost so much unnecessarily in the floods of 2011 do not understand the differences between the State Government and its entities or about fights between the State and insurers. To them, it all just sounds like delay to their ability to move forward.
“Our clients have waited more than nine years and they have had enough – it is time for the State Government to step in,” she said.
Maurice Blackburn media team on email@example.com
Our media team advises and supports Maurice Blackburn lawyers and clients during all forms of media engagement, including video and television appearances, radio, online and print media.
Please direct media inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact team members directly via the phone numbers below.
National Manager, Public Affairs, Media and communications
Our Canberra office is now closed, but our team continues to serve ACT clients and are available for phone and video appointments. If you need legal advice, please call us on 1800 675 346.
We have lawyers who specialise in a range of legal claims who travel to Tasmania. If you need a lawyer in Hobart, Launceston or elsewhere in Tasmania, please call us on 1800 675 346.