The class action
The action sought to recover the financial losses suffered by property owners, specifically the devaluation of their properties, which were alleged to have resulted from the escaping gases. "The settlement has been approved by the court and has delivered a sense of closure to residents after four years of litigation," said Shine Lawyers National Special Counsel in Class Actions Jan Saddler. "The residents are happy and content that the matter has now resolved."
In April 2014, the Supreme Court of Queensland delivered a landmark decision when it allowed the representative action, the first of its kind, to proceed through Queensland state court jurisdiction.
Who was impacted?
An entire community on Queensland’s Gold Coast has been affected by the Gold Coast City Council’s failure to protect the homes of local residents. Families living near the rubbish dump known as the Suntown Tip Landfill entered a class action with Shine Lawyers to claim the losses caused to the value of their homes.
The class action was started on behalf of a group of residents living in the Arundel Hills Estate. The action includes people seeking compensation from the Gold Coast City Council for losses caused by the release of landfill gas and leachate into and around their homes.