SP Ausnet, a Singapore owned electricity firm is responsible for maintaining most of the power lines in eastern Victoria, Australia. The Victorian people sued this company and filed a lawsuit against it in the Victorian Supreme Court.
The lawsuit was filed by Melbourne-based Slidders Lawyers. The claim would be made “on the basis of negligent management of power lines and infrastructure”.
The story goes like this that a 2-kilometer-stretch of long power lines snapped in strong winds, sparked and set fire to a nearby pine forest within minutes. Soon the fire spread over the neighboring towns of Kinglake, Steels Creek and St Andrews, killing more than 100 people, leaving more than 1,000 families homeless and destroying nearly every building in the three towns.
The class action lawsuit also named the Victoria state Government — which is headed by Premier John Brumby — as a defendant. The Insurance Council of Australia has estimated the cost of the fires at A$500 million ($497 million).
The law firm Slidders Lawyers in its website is urging the residents affected by the bush fires to contact it and seek compensation.
God creates, Man destroys. But the reverse seems to be true in this case.
Man creates and God destroys.