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Maurice Blackburn blazes ahead with fire class action

Maurice Blackburn blazes ahead with fire class action

Yesterday's release of the final report from the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission has been welcomed by the law firm conducting a major class action against an electricity company it has charged with the disaster.

THE release yesterday of the final report from the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission has been welcomed by the law firm conducting a major class action against an electricity company it has charged with the disaster.

Alass action lawyers Maurice Blackburn, in conjunction with Oldham Naidoo Lawyers, welcomed the release of the final report, confirming the class action would continue.

The firm has declined to comment further, but said it is conducting proceedings in the Supreme Court of Victoria against SPI Electricity Pty Ltd, alleging that inadequate maintenance standards led to the Kilmore East-Kinglake bushfire.

The fire resulted in 121 deaths, the destruction of 1,244 homes, damage to 530 homes and the devastation of 75,744 hectares of land.

In receiving the Final Report the firms said in a combined statement: “We welcome the findings of the Royal Commission, which only strengthen our resolve to pursue compensation for the victims of the Kilmore East bushfire.”

More than 630 people have signed up to the class action.


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