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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. 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.

The Katherine PFAS Contamination Class Action followed the launch of a class action in Oakey by Shine Lawyers against the Department of Defence.

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.

Click here to download a copy of the settlement approval judgment.

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:

Common Questions

Per- and poly-fluoroalkyls (PFAS) are a class of harmful chemicals commonly found in products that reduce heat, stains, grease and water. They are common in many household products, such as carpets and non-stick cookware. PFAS are concerning because they do not naturally degrade. They are ingested by humans and animals, and accumulate in the body. A small amount of daily exposure can lead to high concentrations over time.

PFAS soil and groundwater contamination can lead to high levels of the chemical in drinking water, agricultural land, animals and residents.

The full effect on human health is not known.

This class action was filed against the Commonwealth of Australia, specifically the Department of Defence. It was alleged that the Department of Defence negligently allowed firefighting foam to escape from RAAF Base Tindal. It was alleged this foam contained chemicals that contaminated the soil and groundwater, subsequently impacting the value of surrounding properties and businesses.

The Class Action was brought on behalf of property owners and businesses for diminution in land and/or business values as a result of the contamination.

The Katherine PFAS Contamination Class Action did not did not include personal injury claims for exposure to the PFAS contamination.

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