find the latest legal job
Part Time Risk & Compliance Officer
Category: Other | Location: Brisbane QLD 4000
· Brisbane City · Flexible Part Time Hours
View details
Infrastructure Lawyer/SA
Category: Construction Law | Location: Sydney CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs Sydney NSW
· Global elite law firm · Dedicated Infrastructure team
View details
Property Lawyer
Category: Property Law | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· 12 Month Contract · Diverse Work
View details
In-House Legal Counsel (Mid to Senior)| Regulated Markets (Energy and Gas)
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Full PD on Request · Exciting High Impact Role
View details
Family Lawyer
Category: Family Law | Location: Eastern Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Boutique Firm · Great Reputation
View details
Qld flood class action could be biggest ever

Qld flood class action could be biggest ever

The Queensland floods class action could be one of the largest ever seen in Australia after 2000 people signed agreements with litigation funder IMF.

The massive scale of the class action could give IMF between 20 per cent and 30 per cent of the expected $500 million in damages and financial settlements.

The Australian newspaper reports today that IMG expects to spend up to $1m on preliminary investigations and up to $10m on legal costs if the case goes to a full hearing.

The case will go ahead if IMF concludes that the number of claimants is economically viable. If the case is flawed, it will have no way of recovering its $1m.

Law firm Maurice Blackburn, which is backed by IMF, said recent the findings of a Flood Commission of Inquiry offer some hope.

The findings confirm what many people suspected: too much water was allowed to accumulate in Wivenhoe, and the strategy for water releases was botched. The dam operators did not release enough water early enough and that meant far too much was released later on. The operators failed to take account of rainfall forecasts at key times,” said Maurice Blackburn partner, Rod Hodgson.

The statements of three engineers were found to be false and they have been referred to the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC), the firm said. 

Maurice Blackburn has represented victims of the disaster since the Floods Commission started in April 2011.

"The inquiry also found that opportunities may have existed for earlier releases of water," said Hodgson. 

"The findings of the Inquiry give hope to those wanting to be part of a potential class action,” he said.


Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Qld flood class action could be biggest ever
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Sally Wheeler
Nov 20 2017
ANU College of Law appoints new dean
A distinguished legal academic and the former head of law of a higher education institution in Irela...
Nov 17 2017
It's time for politicians to commit to eradicating domestic violence
The national shame of domestic violence cannot be left unaddressed, writes Christine Smyth. ...
Nov 16 2017
From lawyer in law firm to senior governance professional
Promoted by Governance Institute of Australia As a law graduate, Kate Griffiths never imagined...
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...