Record settlement in Black Saturday bushfires class action
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers will today announce that survivors of the 2009 Black Saturday Kilmore East – Kinglake bushfire have secured the biggest class action settlement in Australian legal history.
At nearly $500 million, the payout is more than double the previous highest Australian class action settlement of $200 million in the Centro shareholder class action.
After the state’s deadliest and most devastating bushfire took 119 lives and 1242 properties, after a Royal Commission and after Australia’s longest ever class action trial, the survivors of the 2009 Kilmore-East Kinglake Black Saturday bushfire get some justice today.
Speaking to media today for the first time since the trial began, will be lead plaintiff Carol Matthews. She will join Maurice Blackburn’s national head of Class Actions, Andrew Watson.
This is the only media appearance Carol currently intends to undertake.
What: Media conference to announce details of settlement in the Kilmore East – Kinglake Black Saturday bushfire a class action.
Who: Andrew Watson, Head of Maurice Blackburn’s Class Actions department. Carol Matthews, lead plaintiff in the case.
Where: Maurice Blackburn Lawyers Level 10, 456 Lonsdale St Melbourne CBD
When: 10.30am local time, today, Tuesday 15 July, 2014.
Cameron Scott at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers
T 0400 876 466