18 Nov 2020

Court decision paves way for Southern Response class action

From Morning Report, 7:23 am on 18 November 2020

Quake-hit homeowners in Christchurch are a step closer to legal action that could cost the government hundreds of millions of dollars.

A Supreme Court ruling has paved the way for a massive legal action against insurers Southern Response.

Earlier this year Christchurch couple, Colleen and Brendan Ross won their case that the government-owned insurer tricked them into accepting a lower offer to repair their quake damaged home.

Now up to 3000 others also have the chance for a bigger payout after the Supreme Court upheld an Appeal Court decision allowing a class action.

The Ross's lawyer Grant Cameron speaks to Susie Ferguson.