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Thousands of homeowners will now be automatically included in class action against Southern Response 

16 September 2019  Jordan Oppert

Thousands of Canterbury homeowners will be automatically included in a Class Action lawsuit against insurer Southern Response, the Court of Appeal has ruled today. 

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Source:   One News


 

Lawyers welcome class action in Southern Response test case 

16 September 2019  Lisa Owen

A court decision that means thousands of home owners battling Southern Response will automatically be clumped together in a class action is being applauded by lawyers taking the test case.

Click here for the RNZ Checkpoint article

Source:  RNZ Checkpoint


 

Landmark ruling allows NZ's first 'opt out' class action lawsuit against Southern Response 

16 September 2019  Michael Hayward

The courts have made it easier for people to join a group lawsuit which could cost the Government hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Source:   Stuff


 

Court of Appeal rules on Southern Response appeal 

16 September 2019  RNZ

In what is being hailed as a landmark ruling, the Court of Appeal has decided a class action against Southern Response can proceed on an opt out basis.

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Source:   RNZ


 

Ross v Southern Response Earthquake Services Limited [2019] NZCA 431

16 September 2019  | Courts of New Zealand

In a landmark decision this morning, the Court of Appeal has allowed the class action formed by the Rosses to proceed on an opt-out basis.  This means that every eligible policyholder is now automatically part of the class and able to benefit from the representative proceedings.  

The Court of Appeal also recognised that people whose houses were considered repairable were in the same situation as those whose houses were deemed rebuilds, and so they too are now part of the action.

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Source:  Courts of New Zealand


 

Full interview: CEO explains why they're appealing court decision that found they acted in misleading and deceptive way 

13 September 2019  John Campbell

The Government's earthquake insurance company Southern Response is appealing a landmark court decision which found it had acted in a misleading and deceptive way. 

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Source:   One News

 

Earthquake insurer Southern Response off to Court of Appeal over ruling it's been deceptive, misleading 

12 September 2019  Simon Dallow, Thomas Mead

The Government's earthquake insurance company Southern Response is appealing a landmark court decision which found it had acted in a misleading and deceptive way. 

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Source:    One News

 

Government urged to pay out Christchurch earthquake claimants allegedly underpaid by insurer, Southern Response  

9 September 2019  John Campbell

The lawyer acting for a group of up to 3000 Christchurch earthquake claimants who have allegedly been underpaid by Southern Response insurance company, is calling on the Government to act quickly to ensure pay outs are made. 

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Source:   One News

   

Christchurch couple misled by Southern Response speak out 

4 September 2019  Lisa Owen

A couple who defeated the government's quake insurer in the High Court say its deceptive actions were nefarious and they want an apology and inquiry. 

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Source:   RNZ Checkpoint


 

Quake-hit homeowners baffled a Southern Response bosses silent

21 August 2019  Logan Church

Another day, another Southern Response no-show. And Christchurch homeowners are asking where the company's chief executive Anthony Honeybone and its board chairman Alister James are, and why neither are speaking publicly.

Source:   RNZ Checkpoint


 

Why the latest High Court judgment on Southern Response is ‘extremely important’

17 August 2019  Sol Dolor

The Christchurch High Court has found that Southern Response behaved deceptively in a case that a leading litigation lawyer said has far-reaching effects.

Justice David Gendall said in a judgment handed down Friday that the Crown-owned earthquake claims company was disingenuous in the way it presented the entitlements through a document called a Detailed Rebuild Assessment (DRA) for Karl and Alison Dodds’ earthquake-damaged home...
Click here to read full article at NZ Lawyer Magazine

 

Source:  NZ Lawyer Magazine


 

High Court slams Southern Response for “deceptive conduct”

17 August 2019 Roxanne Libatique

The Christchurch High Court has found that controversial earthquake insurer Southern Response behaved deceptively, Stuff.co.nz reports.

The case revolved around Southern Response’s policy of producing two differing detailed repair/rebuild assessments (DRAs) that indicate the costs of repairing or rebuilding a customer’s home.

High Court Justice David Gendall found that Southern Response engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct and misrepresented entitlements during a Christchurch earthquake claim for a damaged home – resulting in customers Karl and Alison Dodds receiving much lower insurance payments than they were entitled to...  Click here to read full article at insurancebusinessmag.com

 

Source:  Insurance Business Mag


 

Dodds v Southern Response Earthquake Services Limited [2019] NZHC 2016

16 August 2019  | Courts of New Zealand

The High Court of New Zealand has upheld a Christchurch couple's claim that their insurer engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct and misrepresented their entitlements in processing their earthquake insurance claim. Southern Response was the insurer that dealt with the couple's claim for damage to their house in the Canterbury earthquake sequence of 2010/2011.

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Source:  Courts of New Zealand


 

Government-owned insurance company lambasted by High Court for ‘deceptive conduct’

16 August 2019  |  John Campbell

Southern Response was formed to pay out Christchurch earthquake claims.

 

Source:   1 NEWS


 

Southern Response engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct, High Court ofinds

16 August 2019  |  Michael Hayward

A lawsuit against government-owned Southern Response could cost millions in earthquake insurance claims settlements.   Click here to read full article

 

Source:   Stuff.co.nz


 

Maurice Blackburn bankrolls Southern Response class action

11 May 2019  |  Sol Dolor

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers has backed the class action against New Zealand government-owned Southern Response.

Claims Funding Australia (CFA), the litigation funding arm of Maurice Blackburn, has signed an agreement with lawyer Grant Cameron to provide funding for the class action against the earthquake insurance settlement company.

Last year, Cameron’s firm, GCA Lawyers, filed proceedings and got the go-ahead from the High Court for the class action.

About 3,000 people may have been affected by alleged underpayment of costs of damage as a result of the Canterbury earthquakes, Cameron told Newshub. He said that most among the group, which could be owed as much as $300m, may not even know they did not receive the full payments they were owed.

The funding agreement means that “the best class action minds in the Southern Hemisphere have looked closely at this matter and they’ve decided to support it,” Cameron said.

Policy holders who settled with Southern Response before October 2014 may be qualified to participate in the action, CFA said.

 

Source:  NZ Lawyer Magazine


 

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