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Katherine PFAS Contamination Class Action

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. We will now seek the Federal Court’s approval for the terms of the settlement and the distribution scheme, which will determine how compensation is distributed to members of the class action. It’s not too late to register to join the class action – click here to register now.


About the class action

Shine Lawyers have commenced a class action on behalf of members of the Katherine community who own, or have owned residential or commercial property in the investigation area as at 23 November 2016. 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. We will, however, continue to investigate the potential of a class action for people whose health has been adversely affected by exposure to PFAS chemicals. Class actions such as this have been run in other countries around the world for both defence force personnel and communities surrounding these bases. We hope that in time we will be able to run similar actions here in Australia for those affected.

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. Click here to download a copy of the investigation area map.

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.

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:

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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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