A class action on behalf of persons suffering injury, damage or loss as a result of the St Patrick's Day fires that prompted evacuations across south-west Victoria.

The claim is against electricity supplier Powercor and alleges that a falling power pole caused an electrical discharge that ignited grass at The Sisters, Victoria.

On 20 December 2019, the Supreme Court approved the settlement of the class action. The Court approval means that the settlement becomes binding on all persons who fall under the definition of group member in the proceeding.

On 6 April 2020, the Supreme Court approved distribution of the settlement sum to group members pursuant to the settlement distribution scheme.

Further information
  • 06/04/2020
    Garvoc Settlement Scheme Orders
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  • 06/04/2020
    Garvoc Settlement Distribution Scheme
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  • 23/12/2019
    Garvoc Settlement Approval Notice and Orders
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  • 29/10/2019
    Garvoc GM Notice of proposed settlement of Garvoc bushfire class action
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  • 17/10/2019
    Garvoc amended defence of the first defendant filed 9 August 2019
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  • 17/10/2019
    Garvoc defence of the second defendant filed 14 May 2019
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  • 17/10/2019
    Garvoc amended writ and statement of claim filed 18 April 2019
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  • 07/03/2019
    Claimant Registration Notice
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  • 12/11/2018
    Francis v Powercor Opt-out Notice
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  • 26/07/2018
    Garvoc fire defence
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  • 16/04/2018
    Garvoc bushfire Amended Statement of Claim
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  • 28/03/2018
    Garvoc bushfire Writ
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