Southern Response case may open the gates for up to 3000 claimants

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 23 Sep 2020, 3:07PM
An Avonside house damaged in the February 22 Canterbury earthquake, 2011. Photo / 123RF
An Avonside house damaged in the February 22 Canterbury earthquake, 2011. Photo / 123RF

Southern Response case may open the gates for up to 3000 claimants

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 23 Sep 2020, 3:07PM

A landmark case against insurer Southern Response may open the gates for up to 3000 claimants.

The Crown's announced it won't appeal a court decision ordering state-owned insurer Southern Response to pay out a Christchurch couple. 

Earlier this month, the Court of Appeal found the agency deceived Karl and Alison Dodds by keeping secret a higher estimate to rebuild their quake-damaged home.

Insurance claimant advocate Ali Jones told Chris Lynch this could leave the government open to hundreds of millions of dollars in pay outs to other homeowners in a similar position.

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