UPDATE: On 26 February 2020 Shine Lawyers reached an in-principle agreement with the Department of Defence, successfully achieving justice for Katherine residents affected by the PFAS contamination. Of the total settlement figure negotiated for landholders in Katherine, Oakey and Williamtown, $92.5 million was attributable to the Katherine class action. On 5 June 2020 the Federal Court approved the settlement and distribution scheme which determines how compensation is distributed to members of this class action. We will communicate directly with group members to provide further information about their compensation entitlements.
About the Katherine PFAS Contamination Class Action
In 2017 Shine Lawyers commenced a class action on behalf of members of the Katherine community whose land has been contaminated by PFAS chemicals used by the RAAF Base Tindal. The class action was filed against the Commonwealth of Australia, specifically the Department of Defence, and sought compensation for Katherine property owners for economic loss, including the diminution in value to their properties.
On 26 February 2020 Shine Lawyers reached an in-principle agreement with the Department of Defence, successfully securing compensation and acknowledgement for the impact the contamination had for the landholders in Katherine.
The Katherine PFAS Contamination Class Action did not did not include personal injury claims for exposure to the PFAS contamination.
Who is Shine Lawyers’ Class Action Team?
Shine Lawyers’ Class Action Team includes some of the firm’s most experienced solicitors and support staff. The team includes: