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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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 commenced class…

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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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On 1 August 2019 the Supreme Court of Victoria made orders approving the settlement of the Coolaroo Recycling Plant Fire class action. A copy of the Notice of Settlement Approval, which contains further information regarding the settlement, can be accessed in the Resources section of this page. Should you have any queries in respect of…

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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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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, 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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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, 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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Maddens Lawyers, Walla Wall Bushfire, FAQs, burnt out, compensation

On 17 December 2009, more than 17,000 acres of farmland between Glenellen and Gerogery, north of Albury in New South Wales, was burnt when a bushfire broke out at a council rubbish tip site in Walla Walla. The fire destroyed five local homes and damaged another four, killed over a thousand sheep and more than…

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