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Judicial and administrative tribunal decisions

In Smith v Commonwealth of Australia (No 2) [2020] FCA 837, the Federal Court approved the settlement of three class actions (Gavin Smith & Ors v Commonwealth of Australia [NSD1908/2016], Bradley James Hudson & Ors v Commonwealth of Australia [NSD1155/2017] and Kirsty Jane Bartlett & Anor v Commonwealth of Australia [NSD1388/2018]), brought on behalf of a number of individuals located in and around Williamtown (NSW), Oakey (QLD) and Katherine (NT), relating to damages the group members alleged to have suffered by reason of the historical use of a firefighting foam containing per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances. The Federal Court found that the settlements were fair and reasonable and in the interests of the group members in all three proceedings.