Grand Western Lodge settlement in Court tomorrow

06-Oct-2016 5:32 PM

Tomorrow morning, Friday 7 October, the Federal Court in Sydney will hear that a class action for 50 handicapped people has settled.

The class action proceeding, run by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, made serious allegations about the treatment of residents at Grand Western Lodge – a licensed residential centre in Millthorpe, NSW. 
The allegations made are detailed in the Statement of Claim that can be found on Maurice Blackburn’s web site (  
The barrister for the class, Paul Batley, will give details of the proposed settlement to Justice Mortimer in Court Room 18B at 10:15am as part of a process to approve a $4.05 million recovery for victims that has been agreed to between the parties.
The action was launched by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers three years ago for the 50 adults, each of whom have intellectual and psychosocial disabilities.
Class Actions Principal at Maurice Blackburn, Ben Slade, said the resolution was important for affected residents.
“This class action and its proposed settlement send a strong message to the broader community, and that message is that everyone is entitled to fair treatment and access to justice regardless of their vulnerability or lack of power,” Mr Slade said.
“If it was not for the class action regime these people would never had been able to achieve such a positive outcome.”
What:                 Settlement notice hearing in the GWL class action, in Sydney’s Federal Court before Justice Mortimer.
When:                Tomorrow, Friday 7 October 2016. 10:15am.

Where:               Federal Court Sydney, Court Room 18B (Level 18 Law Courts Building Queen's Square SYDNEY).

Media inquiries:  Cameron Scott at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers
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