Chepstowe fire class action‘ is the heading of an article appearing in ‘The Courier’ (which I infer is a local Ballarat paper) on 25 July. It appears the action is against the person alleged to have caused the fire, not any of the emergency services. (Interestingly that is how the Black Saturday litigation over the Kilmore East fire started, but in that case, the defendant electrical authorities have joined the state and teh state emergency services in order to try and diffuse their potential liability, see ‘‘Black Saturday’ litigation‘).

I will try to keep an eye on this case to see what develops.

Michael Eburn
26 July 2013