Class action against Southern Response

SARAH-JANE O'CONNOR
Last updated 20:04 07/03/2014

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Christchurch residents still waiting on insurance settlements have announced plans to take a class action against their insurer, Southern Response.

Group spokesman Graham Bloomfield said the services of a lawyer had been engaged and a declaration would be sought regarding delays in settling insurance claims.

"A class action involving many Southern Response claimants is appropriate given the very large number of people being denied their insurance policy rights," Bloomfield said.

"We believe the delays people have faced, and are still facing, are unreasonable and unacceptable."

"It is now over three and a half years since the first earthquake," he said. "There are still people living in severely damaged houses and other people whose houses have been demolished who have no time frame from Southern Response for repair or rebuild."

The group will seek substantial damages from Southern Response for each member of the class action.

"We will seek damages for the immense stress and heath issues this insurer has caused for hundreds of their clients. There must be consequences for this kind of behaviour," Bloomfield said.

A Southern Response spokesman said the insurer could not comment until it had seen the contents of the class action. 

Insurance Council spokesman Samson Samasoni could not comment until the class action had actually been laid.


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