Opportunity for farmers (and small businesses) to team up to negotiate major contracts

Farmers and other small businesses can now take advantage of a new process that allows them to join forces with other similar businesses to collectively negotiate contracts with major customers, suppliers and processors. Previously, in order to avoid breaching competition laws, businesses would need to make an application to the ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer…

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Bushfire compensation experts launch Cudlee Creek class action

Maddens Lawyers have launched a class action in the South Australian Supreme Court on behalf of those impacted by the 20 December 2019 Cudlee Creek bushfire. Regional Victorian firm, Maddens Lawyers, have issued proceedings against South Australian power company SA Power Networks on behalf of residents and businesses burnt out by the Cudlee Creek bushfire.…

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Maddens ranks twice amongst top ten class action settlements for 2020

Legal news provider, Lawyerly, has released its list of 2020’s largest class action settlements and Maddens Lawyers has ranked twice amongst the largest settlements for 2020. At number eight, the Scotsburn bushfire class action saw a $10.5 million settlement reached for victims of the December 2015 fire in Scotsburn, Victoria. On 19 December 2015, 4000…

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Business interruption insurance – pandemic exclusion clauses to be tested

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Announcement It was announced on 30 July 2020 that the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) and the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) have agreed to file a test case regarding the enforceability of pandemic and infectious disease exclusions in some business interruption insurance policies. Background While typical for business interruption policies to contain an exclusion…

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Potential compensation for businesses impacted by Campbellfield factory fire

Maddens Lawyers have commenced investigations into toxic waste disposal company Bradbury Industrial Services, owner and operator of the Campbellfield factory site where a large chemical fire broke out, on 5 April 2019. Maddens are investigating compensation opportunities for nearby businesses and residents affected by the fire. The impact of the fire may include destruction and/or…

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Court of Appeal success for Walla Walla fire victims

On Wednesday 17 April 2019 a unanimous decision was reached by three New South Wales (NSW) Court of Appeal judges in favour of Ms Sharon Weber. Ms Weber had appealed the NSW Supreme Court’s May 2018 judgement, which went against victims of the 2009 Walla Walla fire. The Court of Appeal has awarded Ms Weber…

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