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Lawyer Warns EI Class Actions Inevitable

Thursday, 6th September 2007

Senior partner Jeffrey Garrett at Attwood Marshall Lawyers (a litigation firm specialising in the thoroughbred industry) yesterday warned "the staggering losses suffered in the thoroughbred racing & breeding industry will ultimately fall upon the shoulders of the Government or the companies responsible for the quarantine procedures in Australia," reported racenet.com.au. Garrett said his firm has "already received enquiries from studs, racehorse owners & broodmare owners concerning possible compensation" & noted: "It's early days yet, but it would appear the lock-down is going to affect all stake-holders in the industry & cause massive losses to owners, trainers & the participants in the breeding industry especially. The lock-down means no broodmares can travel between any of the studs. There are a lot of very valuable broodmares out there who are ready to cycle & be served by top-line stallions. Even if this process is thrown out by a week or 2, this will have a devastating effect on the industry as a whole & cause massive losses. The people who suffer those losses will be looking to seek compensation from whoever caused the outbreak. It is inevitable that a class action will be brought by those who have suffered losses". And he summed up: "It's all very well for government ministers & industry commentators to say the industry will simply have to wear this loss. Most people will want to recover that loss if they have a sustainable cause of action against those that have caused this potentially catastrophic outcome."

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