Second firm eyes off class action
IPSWICH flood victims may have a second class action lawsuit to consider, with legal firm Slater and Gordon investigating potential action against the Queensland Government.
The firm joins Maurice Blackburn, which already has signed up 3000 flood victims to its class action lawsuit, as a legal option available to Ipswich flood victims.
Slater and Gordon national practice group leader James Higgins said the firm was continuing to investigate grounds for legal action.
Mr Higgins would not confirm the number of signatures collected so far, but urged the government to begin considering the best way to compensate victims.
"The Queensland Government should look to the ways that compensation could be provided to assist those affected as a direct result of the fact that the dam was operated in breach of its manual," he said.
"Any opportunity to spare people from prolonged or expensive litigation is welcomed by Slater and Gordon.
"The best outcome for devastated residents and their families would be a speedy resolution so that those affected can start getting their lives back on track."
Mr Higgins said the firm would be making an announcement in relation to any potential class action at the conclusion of its investigations.
Interest in a potential billion-dollar lawsuit against the Queensland Government peaked after the Queensland Flood Commission found Wivenhoe Dam's operation manual had been breached, potentially exposing homes to floodwater which otherwise may have been unaffected.
Maurice Blackburn held public meetings earlier this year to inform flood victims of their proposal and gauge community interest.
Flood Affected Businesses and Homes spokesman David Stark said Slater and Gordon had been sending potential applicants their conditional costs agreement.
Mr Stark said there was no urgency to sign with any class action lawyer, because victims would be welcome to join until a court proceeding began.
To find out more, go to slatergordon.com.au.