Victorian premiere Daniel Andrews faces legal challange over lockdowns

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is facing a multibillion-dollar class action suit from businesses affected by the State’s stage four covid-19 lockdown.

The plaintiffs claim failures in the hotel quarantine system led to draconian restrictions which have brought businesses to a standstill.

Damian Scattini, partner at Sydney-based Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, will lead the class action.

Scattini served the Victorian government with an open class action lawsuit on 21 August, after his office was approached by businesses who have been poleaxed by the second lockdown. 

“These businesses, many of them [mum-and-dad] operations, need help now. As things stand, there is no plan for them,” Scattini said.

“The class action provides a path to compensation for losses that were beyond their control and not brought about by them…

Read the full story at Lawyers Weekly.