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Australia Queensland flood victims vindicated in massive class action

03:00  29 november  2019
03:00  29 november  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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Queensland Floods Class Action . Live streaming event. Nil. Class action particulars. Parties/ Actions : Rodriguez & Sons Pty Ltd v Queensland Bulk Water Supply Authority. Lynette Joy Lynch v Queensland Bulk Water Authority trading as Seqwater (commenced

The Queensland floods were followed by the 2011 Victorian floods which saw more than fifty communities in western and central Victoria also grapple with On 8 July 2014 legal firm Maurice Blackburn lodged a class action with the NSW Supreme Court on behalf of 4,000 flood victims .

A car drives through flood water in Brisbane's CBD. © AAP A car drives through flood water in Brisbane's CBD. A Supreme Court judge has ruled in favour of thousands of Queenslanders who lost their homes and businesses in the 2011 floods.

The massive class-action lawsuit from Maurice Blackburn Lawyers took on SEQWater, Sunwater and the Queensland Government over the management of Wivenhoe Dam.

The plaintiffs argued that if the dam gates were opened earlier, the flood that inundated much of Brisbane would have been lessened.

Justice Robert Beech-Jones ruled that a "reasonably competent" engineer would have taken more action to mitigate the flood damage from earlier dam releases.

The judge said that all dam engineers committed a breach of duty between January 6 to January 11 of 2011.

Both parties will have February 2020 to consider damages.

Seven thousand victims of the floods had signed on to the lawsuit, making it one of the biggest in Australian history.

More than 22,000 homes were flooded in and around Brisbane, and thousands of businesses were also inundated in the 2011 disaster.

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