The Victorian government is facing a possible class action that is estimated to be to the tune of several billion dollars brought by the companies that were shut down during stage four restrictions in the state.
According to an AFR report, the class action is open to all Victorian-based enterprises that were shut down after July 1 and thousands are expected to join.
The case is led by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, a Sydney-based law firm known for successfully winning a class action against the Queensland government following the floods in November 2011.
The class action also names Victorian Ministers Jenny Mikakos, Martin Pakula and Secretaries of their departments.
The lead defendant for the case is the owner of a New York-themed restaurant, Anthony Ferrara, who usually earns tens of thousands of dollars a week but is now only available to takeaway and makes less than ten thousand dollars a week.
“Victorian businesses don’t need charity or kind thoughts from politicians,” Ferrara said.
“We need certainty and we need it soon. Our situation is not our doing. We are calling to account those who put us in this dire position.”
The director of The Carlton Club, Windsor Castle and Gertrude Hotel, Tracey Lester, of Melbourne CBD, is also supposed to enter the class action.
The class action comes as Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg aims at Andrews for failing to explain how Victoria’s lockout will arise.
According to the Treasurer, more Aussies are on JobKeeper in Victoria than the whole country combined.
But Andrews is expected to reveal today how the government will work with the business community to open up, two weeks away from expiring the restrictions.