Southern Response loses bid to negotiate individually with claimants

Victoria Young
Tue, 23 Feb 2021

Victoria Young
Tue, 23 Feb 2021

A spokeswoman for Southern Response said it was still working out the implications of the High Court ruling.

A High Court judge has decided Southern Response cannot negotiate with individual claimants as it attempts to settle legal claims with affected Christchurch homeowners.After years of litigation, the government-owned company said in December 2020 it would approve a package to eligible policyholders who settled with the insurer before 2014. It is estimated the total payout for 3000 claimants will exceed $300 million.The class action claimants, led by Brendan and Colleen Ross, say Southern Response gave them incomplete information about the cost o...

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