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Legal options available to Katherine locals impacted by PFAS contamination

27 May 2019

The Federal Court has set 19 July 2019 as the date by which impacted property owners can ‘opt out’ of the Katherine PFAS Class Action. Katherine residents impacted by PFAS contamination who are “group members” in the class action will shortly, or may have already received, a notice in the post providing them with information…

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Help available for Bunyip fire affected experiencing issues with their insurance claim

30 Apr 2019

Residents, landowners and businesses impacted by the Bunyip bushfire that occurred in March 2019 are advised to obtain independent legal advice when making a claim with their insurer. Maddens Lawyers Class Action and Litigation Principal, Kathryn Emeny said that making an insurance claim can be a daunting and complex process with claimants often facing unforeseen…

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Potential compensation for businesses impacted by Campbellfield factory fire

30 Apr 2019

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

18 Apr 2019

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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Mediation set for Coolaroo Recycling Plant Fire Class Action

27 Mar 2019

Maddens Lawyers are representing more than 250 residents, landowners and businesses impacted by the 13 July 2017 Coolaroo Recycling Plant Fire at a court ordered mediation on Thursday 28 March in Melbourne. During the course of the mediation it is possible that the parties will reach a negotiated outcome or settlement, however, any proposed settlement…

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Significant developments in St Patrick’s Day Bush Fires Class Actions

15 Feb 2019

All four St Patrick’s Day bush fires class actions were today listed for directions in the Supreme Court of Victoria. An update in relation to each matter can be found below. Garvoc Fire The Garvoc Fire class action which involves approximately 40 fire victims continues to progress towards a trial. An order was made today…

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Maddens Lawyers voted among the best in Workcover and TAC compensation

15 Nov 2018

Maddens Lawyers has been recognised in the prestigious Doyle’s Guide for the third year running as one of the leading work injury compensation firms in Victoria, and for the first time, has been recognised as one of the leading transport accident compensation firms in Victoria. Senior Lawyer and Personal Injury Specialist, Gary Foster, was also…

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“A recipe for disaster” – hear from victims of the 2016 Falls Festival Stampede

08 Nov 2018

SBS show, The Feed, recently ran a story on the stampede that occurred at Falls Festival in 2016. Hear from victims about the shocking events of that night, and the ongoing psychical and psychological impacts it continues to have on their lives. The matter will be heard at the Supreme Court of Victoria on 19 November 2018.

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Date set for hearing of appeal for Walla Walla fire victims

23 Oct 2018

An appeal has been lodged on behalf of residents and landowners impacted by the Walla Walla fire that occurred on 17 December 2009. The appeal comes following the Supreme Court of New South Wales’ (NSW) decision in May 2018, which went against the landowners. A date for a hearing of the appeal has been set…

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