Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Southern Response Class Action

Original document; MEDIA_RELEASE_Southern_Response_Class_Action_090314.pdf


Southern Response Class Action

In response to news that Christchurch law firm GCA Lawyers expects to shortly progress a full class action against insurer Southern Response, its CEO Peter Rose issued a public statement suggesting that policy holders should not look to embark on a class action without first talking to the insurer because such action would involve them in litigation that could 'last years’ and which would be 'very expensive.’

Grant Cameron, the partner managing the legal claim, commented today that "Mr Rose clearly doesn’t understand that one ofthe principle benefits of a class action is that cost is generally irrelevant. With only 100 people, each claimant can expect to be paying on 1% of the overall costs and of course, with 1000 members, the cost is inconsequential. ln this case it seems there are more than 5000 unresolved cases so cost will not be any obstacle to action. ”

"In regard to how long the proceedings will take, Mr Rose needs to consider the fast track process in the High Court at Christchurch as that will ensure a very early trial date. The recent Quake Outcasts trial was completed about three months after the case was #led and this class action is likely to be processed within a very similar timeframe," he said.

'As claimants have been vigorously seeking responses from their insurer over 3 years, it seems a bit rich for Mr Rose to now seek a discussion with litigants about the issue. Howeven Mr Rose is always welcome to come and chat with me if he would like to explore a mutually acceptable path forward” said Mr Cameron. "In the meantime, claimants will receive full advice about the class action at a meeting to be held on Thursday 13 March, where claimants who have registered their interest will receive full advice as to the path forward. "

Claimants wanting to attend the meeting need to contact Laura at:

-; or
- 03 365 1347

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Shocking Dairy Footage: MPI Failing Our Animals And Damaging Our Reputation

Greens “Nathan Guy needs to urgently look into how his ministry is enforcing animal welfare standards, how these appalling incidents happened under its watch and what it’s going to do prevent similar incidents happening again in the future." More>>


Land & Water Forum: Fourth Report On Water Management

The Land and Water Forum (LWF) today published its fourth report, outlining 60 new consensus recommendations for how New Zealand should improve its management of fresh water and calling on the Government to urgently adopt all of its recommendations from earlier reports. More>>



Welcome Home: Record High Migration Stokes 41-Year High Population Growth

New Zealand annual net migration hit a new high in October as more people arrived from than departed for Australia for the first time in more than 20 years. More>>


Citizens' Advice Bureau: Report Shows Desperate Housing Situation Throughout NZ

CAB's in-depth analysis of over 2000 client enquiries about emergency accommodation shows vulnerable families, pregnant women and children living in cars and garages, even after seeking assistance from the Ministry of Social Development and Housing New Zealand. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news