Media release | Gadens investigates potential class action against the South Australian Government
24 November 2020
On and from Wednesday, 18 November 2020 until Sunday, 22 November 2020, the South Australian Government imposed strict ‘stay at home’ lockdown laws impacting thousands of businesses across South Australia (the Lockdown).
Initially intended to be a 6-day lockdown, the Government’s decision to impose the Lockdown was based on information provided to the Government, which was swiftly established to be false.
The Lockdown has understandably raised concerns in the business community, as the lockdown decision was swiftly lifted once the falsity of the information relied upon from one individual was established.
Gadens has commenced an investigation as to whether the Lockdown is actionable, given the lockdown was lifted once the falsity of the information relied upon from one individual was established.
If it is considered that there is an actionable claim against the South Australian Government, Gadens will investigate the commencement of a Class Action against the State of South Australia.
UPDATE 4 December 2020
The South Australian government lockdown has taken another turn with the SA Police task force investigation into the two men initially accused of causing the lockdown concluding no wrongdoing on their part.
The SA government is yet to articulate how it concluded such a drastic lockdown was necessary.
Authored by: Simon Theodore, Partner Disputes and Litigation, Melbourne