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2018 Terang/Cobden Fire

The Terang/Cobden bushfire commenced on St Patrick’s Day, 17 March 2018. The fire destroyed in excess of 20 residential properties and caused extensive damage to many farming properties. The amount of livestock loss has been particularly devastating to the community. Maddens Lawyers has commenced class action proceedings in the Victorian Supreme Court against Powercor Australia…

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2018 Garvoc Fire

Scotsburn bushfire, 19 December 2015, Finns Road, Scotsburn, class action, Maddens Lawyers

The Garvoc fire commenced on the evening of 17 March 2018 burning in excess of 4,000 hectares. The fire caused significant damage to residential and farming properties. It is alleged that the fire was ignited as a result of the failure of a rotten timber power pole on Powercor’s electrical network. Maddens Lawyers has commenced…

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2018 Camperdown/Gnotuk Fire

In May 2018, Maddens Lawyers issued a class action in the Victorian Supreme Court against electrical distribution company Powercor Australia Ltd on behalf of Gnotuk / Camperdown residents and landowners impacted by a fire that occurred over the 2018 St Patrick’s Day weekend. The Camperdown fire started approximately 20 minutes after Powercor and Police were…

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Falls Festival stampede

Lorne Falls Festival 2016, stampede, injured, Maddens Lawyers

In December 2016 a group of patrons at the Falls Music and Arts Festival (the Falls Festival) in Lorne, Victoria were left injured and traumatised after a stampede at the music event. It is alleged that at approximately 9.50pm on Friday 30 December 2016, a large group of people were injured when attempting to exit…

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2017 Coolaroo Recycling Plant Fire

As a result of a large fire at Coolaroo Recycling Plant on 13 July 2017, Maddens Lawyers has commenced class action proceedings against SKM Services Pty Ltd, the owner and operator of the Recycling Plant. The class action has been advanced on behalf of residents and businesses in and around Coolaroo and Dallas who were…

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Jack river bushfire class action complete

JACK RIVER BUSHFIRE CLASS ACTION COMPLETE The Jack River Bushfire Class Action has drawn to a close, with final compensation payments being made to all group members a day before the third anniversary of the fire. Maddens Lawyers distributed more than $8 million in compensation cheques to over 30 registrants, covering the final compensation payment…

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Scotsburn bushfire class action

The law firm that led four Black Saturday bushfire class actions has now launched a class action on behalf of victims of a Scotsburn fire that last year burnt more than 4000 hectares and 12 houses.  Maddens Lawyers Senior Partner and bushfire compensation expert Brendan Pendergast said his firm, which has successfully settled several bushfire-related…

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Scotsburn Bushfire

Scotsburn bushfire, 19 December 2015, Finns Road, Scotsburn, class action, Maddens Lawyers

  Maddens Lawyers has launched a class action on behalf of local landowners affected by the Scotsburn Fire. On 19 December 2015, 4000 hectares of land and 12 houses were burnt in the area of Scotsburn, south of Ballarat in central west Victoria. The plaintiff alleges that the fire commenced as a result of the…

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Maddens Settles Gippsland bushfire class action 

2014 Jack River Bushfire. FAQs regarding the Class Action, being run by Maddens Lawyers. Gippsland class action

A Class Action representing more than 30 landowners burnt out in a 2014 Gippsland bushfire is on the brink of settling, delivering fire victims a share of around $8 million to cover the property loss and damages they endured.  The Jack River Bushfire Class Action, led by Maddens Lawyers, has seen defendants Ausnet and BJ…

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2013 Snake Valley Bushfire

2013 Snake Valley Bushfire, Brendan Pendergast, Class Action, Compensation

On 8 January 2013, a fire broke out at a property on Chepstowe/Pitton Road, Chepstowe, west of Snake Valley in Victoria’s Western District. Investigations by Maddens Lawyers determined the fire was caused by a faulty tractor, which was being used in the area to harvest wheat. Maddens Lawyers are now conducting a Class Action on…

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