UPDATE: On 26 February 2020 Shine Lawyers reached an in-principle agreement with the Department of Defence, successfully achieving justice for Oakey residents affected by the PFAS contamination. Of the total settlement figure negotiated for landholders in Oakey, Katherine and Williamtown, $34 million was attributable to the Oakey 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 class action
In 2017, Shine Lawyers launched a class action against the Commonwealth of Australia, specifically the Department of Defence, for the alleged contamination of soil and groundwater in and around Oakey due to the use of firefighting chemicals containing per- and poly- fluoroalkyls. Click here to download a copy of the investigation area map.
This action was brought on behalf of over 500 individuals in the Oakey community who own, or have owned, residential and/or commercial property in the contamination area. Omni Bridgeway, one of Australia's largest litigation funders, funded the Oakey case.
Shine Lawyers fought for compensation for the economic loss suffered from a decline in value of residential, agricultural and/or business land due to the contamination. 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 Oakey.
The Oakey PFAS Contamination Class Action 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 Practice Leaders, Senior Associates, Solicitors and support staff, including Law Clerks and Paralegals. The Oakey PFAS Contamination Class Action team includes: