Land contamination (Williamtown)

This is a class action (the Class Action) against the Department of Defence (Defence) in connection with land contamination arising from Defence’s use of aqueous film forming foam at the Williamtown RAAF Base in NSW (the Contamination). It is alleged that Defence allowed the Contamination to escape from its land causing damage to property owners and businesses for which Defence should be liable to pay compensation.

Who is conducting the Class Action?

The Class Action is being run by Dentons Lawyers, with proceedings funded by Omni Bridgeway Limited.

Participating in the case

Dentons have filed the claim on a 'closed class basis'. This means the Class Action is brought only on behalf of eligible property and business owners who entered into a litigation funding agreement with Omni Bridgeway prior to 4 October 2019. 

Current Stage of Case

On 26 February 2020 the parties reached an in-principle settlement, subject to Court approval. For further information about the Williamtown Class Action please contact Omni Bridgeway by email ([email protected]) or by telephone (1800 016 464). 

Proceedings

Court
Federal Court in Sydney
Plaintiff/Applicant
Gavin Smith & Ors
Defendant/Respondent
Commonwealth of Australia (Department of Defence)

Investment Manager

Ewen McNee

Contact Details

Omni Bridgeway Client Liaison Team
1800 016 464
[email protected]