The parties to the Murrindindi Black Saturday bushfire class action agreed to settle on 6 February 2015, when the trial was expected to begin.
The application for the Court's approval of the Murrindindi bushfire class action settlement was heard before Justice Emerton on 13 and 14 May 2015, with her Honour approving the settlement application on 27 May 2015.
The judgment of the Hon Justice Emerton approving the proposed settlement scheme can be accessed via AustLII.
The Settlement Distribution Scheme (SDS)
The SDS, which sets out in detail the process for assessing individual claims and the manner in which the settlement sum will be distributed, can be accessed below.
This matter will be listed for a case management conference once related proceedings in the Federal Court have been finalised. The practitioners will advise the Court when the case management conference is required.
Court supervision of the settlement distribution process
Since the terms of settlement were approved, the Court has held case management conferences on 25 June 2015, 23 March 2016, 21 June 2016, 19 September 2016, 14 November 2016, 30 November 2016 and 30 January 2017 to supervise the settlement distribution process.
Below are documents relating to the implementation and progress of the SDS, including rulings, orders, affidavits and reports.