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Katherine Contamination Class Action

Shine Lawyers have commenced a class action on behalf of members of the Katherine community who own, or have owned a property in the investigation area as at 23 November 2016.

The class action has been filed on behalf of members of the Katherine community who own, or either own, residential or commercial property in the investigation area. It is alleged that the contamination by PFAS has negatively impacted land values in Katherine.

The Katherine class action follows the launch of a class action in Oakey by Shine Lawyers against the Department of Defence.

Please note the Katherine class action is not a claim for personal injuries relating to exposure to PFAS contamination.

Am I eligible to participate in the Class Action?

The Department of Defence is currently undertaking long-term environmental investigations into the contamination of soil and groundwater in the Katherine area. As part of this investigation, the Department of Defence has released a map identifying the investigation area. A copy of the investigation area map can be accessed on the website of the Department of Defence.

At present, to be eligible for the Class Action, you need to own, or have owned, a property within the investigation area as at 23 November 2016. The main category of claimants that will be eligible to join are Property owners within the investigation area.

It may be that the eligibility criteria for the Class Action will change, depending on legal advice. If the criteria changes, we will let you know.

Follow the link below to register for the class action:

Register Here

Opt-out of the class action

The court-ordered deadline to opt-out of these proceedings is 19 July 2019. See below links to the Group Member Notice and current pleadings.

Group Member Notice

Amended Statement of Claim

Further Amended Originating Application

Amended Defence


Who is Shine Lawyers' Class Action team?

Shine Lawyers' Class Action team includes some of the firm’s most experienced special counsel, solicitors and support staff, including law clerks and paralegals. The Katherine investigation team includes:

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