Michael Karl Schmid has brought a class action on behalf of persons who suffered injury, damage or loss as a result of the Scotsburn bushfire on 19 December 2015.

Settlement application

On 28 August 2019 and 6 February 2020, the plaintiff applied for approval from the court for settlements between the plaintiff and defendants. The applications are listed before the Honourable Justice Forbes on 21 July 2020 at 10.30am. 

Notice of proposed settlement

On 24 April 2020, the Court approved a Notice of Proposed Settlement to be sent to group members. Group members should read the notice carefully as the matters set out in the notice may affect their legal rights. 

The notice requires that group members who wish to partake in the proposed settlement, if approved by the court, must provide a claimant registration notice by 20 May 2020.

The notice also requires that any group member who wishes to object to the settlement must provide a notice of objection to proposed settlement by 20 May 2020. 

A copy of the notice of proposed settlement is available below.

Pleadings and notices
  • 24/04/2020
    Scotsburn Orders for Settlement Approval Application
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  • 24/04/2020
    Scotsburn Notice of Proposed Settlement
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  • 11/10/2019
    Scotsburn amended defence and counterclaim of the third party
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  • 11/10/2019
    Scotsburn reply and defence of the plaintiff
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  • 11/10/2019
    Scotsburn defence and counterclaim of fourth defendant
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  • 05/09/2019
    Scotsburn Notice of Proposed Settlement
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  • 18/06/2019
    Scotsburn amended third party notice of the fourth defendant
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  • 13/05/2019
    Defence to Third Party Notice
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  • 13/05/2019
    Third Party Notice
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  • 26/11/2018
    Amended reply and defence to defence and counterclaim of the third defendant filed 26 november 2018
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  • 11/10/2018
    Defence of the fourth defendant filed 11 October 2018
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  • 24/07/2018
    SCOTSBURN BUSHFIRE Defence of the Third Defendant
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  • 16/05/2018
    SCOTSBURN BUSHFIRE Third Amended Writ
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  • 15/05/2018
    SCOTSBURN BUSHFIRE Third Amended Writ
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  • 09/08/2017
    SCOTSBURN BUSHFIRE Reply to Defence & Counterclaim of 3RD defendant
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  • 19/07/2017
    SCOTSBURN BUSHFIRE Defence of the 2ND Defendant
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  • 07/07/2017
    SCOTSBURN BUSHFIRE Defence and Counterclaim of the 3RD Defendant
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  • 29/05/2017
    SCOTSBURN BUSHFIRE Amended Writ & Statement of Claim
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  • 01/05/2017
    SCOTSBURN BUSHFIRE Amended Writ
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  • 08/12/2016
    Scotsburn bushfire class action - Writ
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