Time to register for EI class action

19 December 2012
The deadline to register for a class action for those who suffered financial loss in the 2007 equine influenza outbreak is fast approaching, with individuals and businesses having until this Friday, 21 December to register their interest.

It is alleged the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) is accountable for substantial losses in the horse industry when the EI outbreak escaped from the Eastern Creek Quarantine Station and spread across eastern Australia, between August 2007 and January 2008.

Maurice Blackburn class actions principal Damian Scattini, who is heading up the action with law firm Attwood Marshall, urged those affected to register their interest.

"The 2007 equine influenza outbreak had a devastating impact for many individuals and businesses, and a number of these are still struggling to recover five years later," Mr Scattini said.

"These people experienced huge disruption to their businesses and livelihoods through no fault of their own, and they deserve to be compensated for this.

"Already over 600 people have registered their interest from across Australia, and we continue to urge those affected to register their interest by Friday 21 December."

Click here for more information about the equine influenza class action or to register.